“The uniform tenor of a man’s life furnishes better evidence of what he has said or done on any particular occasion than the word of any enemy.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to De Witt Clinton, Dec. 31, 1803
Wise is the man who judges not on the basis of hearsay, for he creates in his heart the space necessary to gain a higher perspective on all matters in life. Such a man is delivered from the tacky clutch of gossip, the hypnotizing gyrations of scandalmongers and the schismatic coercion of those whose hearts are set on guile and evasive craft.
When considering those in your world, take the long view. Resist the temptation to form snap judgments or to join in mindlessly with the prejudices and opinions of others. Take note of the “uniform tenor of a man’s life” and begin carefully, magnanimously, but with eyes wide open, from there.
“Judge not according to the appearance” as it was once said, “but judge righteous judgment.”