How to judge someone’s character: Look at how they treat those who can’t give them anything. Look at how they treat those they don’t need or want anything from. Look at how they treat those in need of something. Do they treat them as equals? With respect and kindness? Do they help those who need it without expecting anything in the return? Or are they only interested in those who offer them something? The answers to these questions say a lot about a person.
Our relationships shouldn’t be the means by which we climb up the ladder, the means by which we snatch more into our pockets, or the means by which we raise our superiority. Whilst the foundation of our relationships should be a balance between giving and receiving, we shouldn’t treat people in relation to their ability to give. Some people give their everything. Some people take all and give nothing. Some people have very little to give, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t if they could. Not every relationship or encounter is something to be gained from. Sometimes it’s purely about being honourable and kind towards another person, regardless of what we see in return.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill