“If I want to deprive you of your watch, I shall certainly have to fight for it; if I want to buy your watch, I shall have to pay for it; and if I want a gift, I shall have to plead for it; and, according to the means I employ, the watch is stolen property, my own property, or a donation. Thus we see three different results from three different means. Will you still say that the means do not matter?”
– Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)
 Are we to believe that we have the capacity to run our own Life without any sort of systematic approach to doing so? Are we to believe that we can self-create and self-sustain well-being, deliver and uphold care everywhere that we’re accountable – on a Life-Wide basis – without organized control over the means to those desired ends? Are we to believe that we can overcome the relentless forces of change, challenge, and resistance without a structured process to exercise reason and judgment, to adjust and adapt in a dynamic and ever-changing environment?
 Lower & Less works to convince us that structure is oppressive, that our personal Life is somehow exempt from the necessities of discipline and order.
But where discipline and order are absent, randomness and chaos are present.
The whimsical pursuits of Lower & Less leave our well-being unprotected – progress gains made in select areas are offset by regress in others. To believe that value in Life – externally or internally – can be sustained without a deliberate approach to doing so is to deceive the self, to oppress the self.
 To respect the Life opportunity is to respect the daily challenge we face as owners, leaders, operators, and governors of Life to self-create and self-sustain value across the whole of our accountabilities.
Maintaining control over all we can control – our actions and behaviors – is paramount to our capacity to succeed, to grow, to prosper through time and circumstances. We mustn’t underestimate or lose sight of the discipline and order required to protect and optimize our well-being if we expect to sustain Life Competitiveness. For Highest & Best, that truth is as self-evident as it gets.
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