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Self-reliance is the pilgrim’s best stuff, the worker’s best tool. It is the master-key that unlocks all the difficulties of life. ‘Help yourself and heaven will help you’ is a maxim which receives daily confirmation. He who begins with crutches will generally end with crutches. Help from within always strengthens, but help from without invariably enfeebles the recipient. It is not in the sheltered garden, but on the rugged Alpine cliff, where the storms beat most violently, that the toughest plants are reared. It is not by the use of corks, bladders and lifebuoys that you can best learn to swim but by plunging courageously into the waves and buffeting them.
To wait until some charitable man passes by – to stand with arms folded, sighing for a ‘helping hand’, is not the part of any manly mind. The habit of depending upon others should be vigorously resisted, since it tends to weaken the intellectual faculties and paralyse the judgement. The struggle against adverse circumstances has, on the contrary, a bracing and strengthening effect, like that of the pure mountain air on an enfeebled frame. (About 185 words)
Answer: Self-reliance is the best way to fight against the difficulties of life. It is the key to a successful life. It strengthens a man while dependence on others makes him weak. God helps those who help themselves. So, one should attempt to fight alone against adverse circumstances. His struggle will make him strong. The habit of praying for charity and depending on others only weakens a man and his intellectual faculties. (About 71 words)