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Daily Lift #456

Be Objective about your Actions

There is a strong tendency for an evil person to consider himself good, and for a truly good person to consider himself bad. The rationale behind this is simple: Their criteria of good and bad differ greatly.

A good person desires to help others, and when unable to do as much as he idealistically wishes, considers himself "bad."

An evil person considers himself "good" if he refrains from beating someone up after taking their money.

The lesson: Be objective about your actions.

(Imrai Binah, p.45; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.132)

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