What implications would that have for my behavior?
This thought courtesy of my latest book A Code of Jewish Ethics Vol 1, by a Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, which has proved a fascinating read, though it is not usually the kind of thing I pick up in the bookstore (see, friends recommendations DO count, and I mean you, Dennis!). My favorite quote so far: "When I was young I admired clever people. Now that I am older, I admire kind people." Connects to one of my favorite movies, Harvey with James Stewart, who, as a genial drunk, attempts to explain things to a young couple: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me."