No Man Earns Punishment

For we each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was every piled in the tombs of the dead kings, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger. Have we not eaten while another starved? Will you punish us for that? Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate? No man earns punishment, no man earns reward. Free your mind of the idea of _deserving_, of the idea of _earning_, and you will begin to be able to think.

-- Ursula K. LeGuin