The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
Some read this, and think:
- The race should be to the swift.
- The battle should be to the strong.
- The wise should receive food.
- The brilliant should be rich.
- The learned should draw favor.
But others think:
- There should be no swift and no sluggish; there should be no race.
- There should be no strong and no weak; there should be no battle.
- There should be no wise and no foolish; food should be given to all.
- There should be no brilliant and no dull; all should be rich.
- There should be no learned and no ignorant; all should draw favor.
The first is a cry against the vicissitudes of life. The second is a cry against reality itself.