15 August 2011

NINETY-SIXTH

It is a great moral failure to go through life treating other people as mere tools or obstacles to advancing our own individual well-being.  To care for a person and treat them well merely because it is agreeable to us or otherwise personally expedient — then shunning them them once the acquaintance is inexpedient or interferes with our plans — reflects not only a lack of genuine empathy but a fundamental failure to exercise charity.  Even further, it demonstrates a basic incapacity for the love of friendship, which is the unqualified will for another's good.  How awful such a life would be.  How lonely to move about in life with nothing better than a mass of superficial acquaintances one has never been around long enough or cared about deeply enough to end up rejecting.