Enlightenment lacks any form of judgment.
When your success hovers from one person to the other, it will definitely get to someone who will regard it as failure.
Rather than swallowing our pride and simply asking what we do not know, we choose to fill in the blanks ourselves and later become humbled. Wisdom was often, in its youth, proven foolish, and ones humiliated were meant to become wise.
A homely face does not guarantee a homely character. Appearance is the body, character is the spirit, and the soul bears the most vital qualities.
… if one hasn’t been through, as our people mercifully did not go through, the horrors of an occupation by a foreign power, you have no right to pronounce upon what a country does, which has been through all that.
I listen with attention to the judgment of all men;
but so far as I can remember,
I have followed none but my own.
It’s easy to see the faults in people, I know; and it’s harder to see the good. Especially when the good isn’t there.
It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our final day (attributed to Matthew Henry)
I’m not going to pretend I’m something I’m not so that you like me more.
I think I see your point. It wouldn’t be fair for me to judge your answers without having had a life experience similar to yours. Do I understand you correctly?