Are People Good

I travel a lot and observe a good many people in a variety of stressful and not-so-stressful situations.

Most people I meet are good people just trying to get along in life.

Many are just lost–or maybe better said, asleep. They are people who seem to be drifting from fad-to-fad or emotion-to-emotion.

I have met just downright devious people. Rather than merely clueless, these people are usually charming but they are always looking for a way to promote themselves at the expense of others. Thankfully, this is a distinct minority. They are they the reason Jesus taught us to be perceptive.

I rather like this proverb that I was taught was Persian, but it also pops up in Sanskrit and Confucius. Many, if not most, of us are asleep trying to awaken.

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not is a fool; shun him.

He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child; teach him.

He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep; wake him.

He who knows, and knows he knows is wise; follow him.

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