Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Quote of the day: "Now I like good people"

 An old high-school friend, "V," emailed me this:
Years ago I preferred clever people. There was a joy in beholding a mind bearing thoughts quickly translated into words, or ideas expressed in a new way. I find now that my taste has changed. Verbal fireworks often bore me. They seem motivated by self-assertion and self-display. I now prefer another type of person; one who is considerate, understanding of others, careful not to break down another person’s self-respect. My preferred person today is one who is always aware of the needs of others, or their pain and fear and unhappiness, and their search for self-respect. I once liked clever people. Now I like good people.
"V" sent me this because we are beginning to realize this same bottom-line, despite the enormous differences in the professional and geographic contexts within which we live and work.

I wish I had this quote with me a few months ago when I was asked about my non-participation at faculty meetings anymore!

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