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The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

The Hypocrisy of Finding Faults in Another While Ignoring One’s Own

Watching the six o’clock news as a celebrity’s struggle with alcoholism and infidelity is being expounded and dissected, Julius shakes his head disapprovingly.

“This guy is a dog, man” he says  in the presence of his wife, Simone.

“Are you sure you are any better?” She replied gently.

“Come on now Simone, how can you say that to me?”

“Before you criticize this man, can you say with certainty that you would act differently if you had his celebrity status and all the temptations that come with it?” Julius smiled and said no more.

In some cases, a disgraced “role model” is far ahead of many so called “respectable” people. The public exposure of his vices forces him to honestly assess himself divorced of the delusion that he is better than he actually is. It brings him down from the artificial podium given to him by the very people who now delight in his downfall. With his feet firmly on the ground, he can then begin to build himself up again on a sound foundation.

As superbly demonstrated in the below scenes from the movie, “Flight,” It took a plane crash and jail time to expose Pilot Whip Whitaker’s addiction to alcoholism and thus free him of his false sense of pride.

On the other hand, the man who condemns others often has similar or even greater vices slumbering with him. Imagine the irony of a  pot, thoroughly covered in black soot, calling a kettle black. Simply because he has managed to keep his vices hidden from the public, he thinks he has the right to pass judgement on others. Better yet, he could learn from the mistakes of others to ensure he avoids them.

John Wooden Teaches

Success! What does this word mean to you? Former University of California teacher and basketball coach, John Wooden, shares his definition of Success.

Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

Greatness

An Alignment with True Greatness

Describe what greatness means to you. This was Mr. Gutierrez’s assignment to his high school students. The students could be as creative as they liked, no restrictions were imposed except for the seven minute presentation time limit.

Zach knew exactly what he would present to his class. You see, Zach and his father have been volunteering at a local homeless shelter every Friday since he was 8 years old. He enjoyed helping people and realized that the more he served others the more it seemed as though everything in creation worked in his favor. This is greatness, he thought.  And so, he began typing  his presentation.

What is Greatness?

Greatness is Service. Nature gives freely out of love, take the sun for example, it gives its life giving rays and demands no compensation. Through service to others, we too act out of love and thereby obtain a direct connection to that same greatness which keeps the sun shining and our hearts beating. We do not own greatness but it always gravitates towards those who, like it, serve joyfully.

The beauty of greatness is that it excludes no one. As Dr.  Martin Luther King  Jr. said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

Video from KarmaTube

Coming in from the Cold

“The biggest man you ever did see was once a baby.”  The overworked man who sees his wicked  boss in this light develops a certain level of compassion for him. Compassion, not anger, wells up in him because he sees the distortion of the noble qualities which could have made his boss a great leader.

Regardless of how big, mean, ugly, conniving (you name it) a man is, he was once a smiling baby with the ability to bring joy to all around him. This quality is either nurtured over time or suppressed in the pursuit of contrary endeavors.