An unknown author has suggested
a few ways we may recognize others'
faults while rationalizing our own...
"When the other fellow takes a long time
to do something, he is slow.
When we take a long time, we are thorough.
When the other fellow doesn't do it, he's lazy.
When we don't do it, we're too busy.
When someone else goes and does something
without being told, he's overstepping.
When we do it, we're exerting initiative.
When the other fellow strongly states his side
of a question, he's being bullheaded.
When we do it, we're being firm.
When the other fellow overlooks a few rules
of etiquette, he's being rude.
When we do it we are being original.
When the other fellow makes a mistake, he
sure had it coming to him.
When we make a mistake, wow what bad luck.
Funny isn't it, that it is so hard to correct our
own faults. Maybe it's just because we don't
recognize them except in others."
(First published on November 29, 2013}