[Classic post from 8-9-17]
And, so it is with everything we look at, including other human beings. Mr. Emerson takes it so far as to say, “Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”
In our negative judgment of a thing, situation, or person, our judgment is truly on ourselves for our ignorance, whether lack of knowledge or lack of compassion. With sufficient knowledge and/or compassion, we would have no need for judgment.
Ian Maclaren said it well: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” As I consider that statement, and the people that I do know, I know that is often true, and so as we meet people that we don’t know very well, it would be most beneficial to consider they may be going through things that have an effect on their demeanor as they move through their lives. Our kindness in consideration of such a possibility, whether it exists in reality or not, will go far in offering a compassionate point of view.
“There Is More In Every Person’s Soul Than We Think.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spread Some Joy Today–in your consideration of others.