9 May 2007

Quote of the day…and a comment.

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“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.”
– The Dhammapada

This quote has always stuck with me. The Dhammapada, for those of you who don’t know, is a collection of 423 verses containing the Buddha’s essential teachings on some 305 occasions for the benefit of a wide range of human beings. Most of them deal with ethics.

My interpretation of this quote is “Don’t surround yourself with people who can do you harm”, “Surround yourself with people you can learn from” and “It’s better to be alone than with people who are unhealthy for you”.

Good advice. My brother Bill has a similar saying:

“It’s hard to be the CEO of a major corporation when you hang out with dishwashers.”

I’ve always thought that was really funny, but good advice too. It really seemed to help my sister Jan out. When I was a boy she was the manager of a Long John Silvers. Now she works in the US Attorney’s office in Miami. Quite a jump.

However, both quotes seem to have a bit of exclusiveness to them. As I see it, a lot of improving yourself is is helping others improve themselves. Take Bill for instance. He’s always been a very successful guy, but if he had taken that advice, or his own really, Jan might still be at LJS.

So, I’m going to modify that little piece of sage wisdom…

“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone. However, frequently stop along the way to help thy lessers in need.”

By lessers I of course mean those who can benefit from your care or advice.

I think that’s much better. :)

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