A traveler nearing a great city asked an old man seated by the road,
“What are the people like in this city?”
“What were they like where you come from?” asked the old man.
“Horrible,” the traveler responded in disgust. “Mean, untrustworthy, detestable in all respects.”
“Ah…” said the old man thoughtfully, “you will probably find them the same in this city as well.”
A few hours later another traveler passed by and asked the old man the same question.
“What were they like where you come from?” he similarly asked.
“They were fine people. Honest, industrious, generous, caring; I was sorry to leave,” the traveler responded.
“You’ll find them the same here,” the old man replied.
Parables teach us great truths.
Get yourself right and your world will be right. If you want authentic meaningful relationships with others, look no further than yourself. Become authentic. Become yourself.