trust fellow men, being a true friend
Looking at Life Over a period of yoai-.s I have clovulopucl a habit which comes in ])i oily handy when you wrile foi a living. As idoas conio (o me— on the train, in bed, at (he lunch table —I scribble Uiem down on th backs of envelopes. Then, when I get enough of lhe.se envelopes into my pocket st that no more fit In, J look then over before I throw Diem away and .see whether there isn't something there lo wrile about. Here is one I just came across: "Never trust a man wllo doesn't trust others." I wrote thai one down after met a fellow who has to get everything in writing. VVhalever he does, there must always be a signed agreement. If ho lends you $10, he warns an I. O, U.; if he pays a bill, no matter how small, he must have a receipt. "Why do you do I hat him, "Because you can't pie," was his reply. "Why can't you trust people?" asked him. He answered before chance to Ihink about his answer. "Because most people are cheats if they get a chance," he said There you have it. Only a son who i.s a cheat at heart, peels others of being cheats. I happen to know that this ticular fellow will squeeze Ihe nickel out of any deal. T would never trust him, because he doesn't trust his fellow man. I asked trust peo- ho had a per- sus- par- lasL Here is another note I scribbled on the envelope: "To have friends you must be a friend." I remember why I made that note. It's about n fellow who makes lots of money, who has a beautiful home and many acquaintances, but not a single real friend. The acquaintances are either people who want favors from him or who like his liquor and his food. But if ho lost his money, or his job tomorrow, he would be completely alone, This fellow has no friends lie- cause he. can't be a friend. He entertains only people who are socially worth-while to him or those who can help him to climb. To him friendship is capital that must bear interest. What's the moral in these two notes I took? Oil, nothing much, except that I agree with Emerson that you get what, you give, and, come to think of it, there's something similar in the Bible. Isn't there?