Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.

Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

This proverb says that whenever we have some difficulty in life we should try to overcome the difficulty rather than to curse the difficulty. Darkness is a bad thing because we will not be able to see anything in the dark. But just by cursing the darkness we will not get light, if we want to get light we have to get up and light a candle.

There is a very good analogy for this in everyday life. Many students after completing their education will start searching for a government job.

But because of various reasons they may not get a job and they become dejected and disillusioned in life. If they start realizing that there are many other Opportunities in life, like jobs in private sector, starting a small business or opening a small shop they will not feel dejected. So when ever we are in a difficult situation we should start looking at the reason for the situation and then gradually find a solution.

There are various options to come out of a difficult time and to overcome the hard times. Instead of blaming the stars and the situations, we had better take initiatives and find solutions to our difficulties.

Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.

The saying is from John Milton’s book Paradise Lost - Book II and says that it is better to rule over - be like a king in hell than to serve somebody as a slave in heaven. So it is means it is better to be in a bad place and rule over the place rather than to go to a good place and work like a servant there.

These words are actually spoken by the Satan after his fall from heaven. After dethroning the almighty Satan wanted to rule over the universe. He declares that he prefers to rule in hell to be a slave in heaven. He disliked slavery and liked power. This reveals his heroic propensity. We can use this statement in some of the situations of human life. Many of us sometimes desire to attain high position or power. At the time, we don’t hesitate to leave the job where we work under a superior and prefer to work with power even if the place of work does not suit and is incompatible.

Man all along his history has always strived to maintain his freedom intact so that his spirit will be joyful and happy. If you want to leave a posh area in order to live a small area for the simple reason of keeping yourself happy, you can do so.

Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.


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