August 30, 2009

How we see others

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Religion tagged , , at 2:37 am by randallbutisingh

It is surprising how many people go through life without ever recognising that their feelings towards other people are largely determined by their feelings towards themselves, and if you are not comfortable within yourself, you cannot be comfortable with others.

Sydney H. Harris.


It is how you are , that is how you will see others. You can tell a man’s character by what he thinks of others.  There is a story told about Jesus walking with his disciples one day, when they saw the carcass of a dog lying by the roadway.  One of his disciples said, how it stinks and the others made unfavourable comments also; but Jesus said:  “what pretty teeth it has!”  Jesus who was good, only sees the good in others.  But alas for some of us we can only see the negative side of others.  Even if a person converts and becomes a new person, we tend to judge him on what he was and denies him the respect which only the compassionate and forgiving can give.

Randall Butisingh.



  1. Today, many people seem to have lost the ability to decide for themselves, and this extends way beyond how they perceive and judge others.

    Perhaps this is because our intuition is slowly being eroded by an inexorable process of assessment and social measurement. Perhaps we take comfort from losing ourselves in the media maze.

    Surely, to appreciate others for who they really are, we must be able to declare with confidence where we, ourselves, fit in the scheme of things?

  2. randallbutisingh said,

    Glad you see it that way Martin. What a fine response!

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