John W. Redelfs wrote:
> So are you quoting someone here, Jim. Or did you pen this yourself?
Sorry John. Out of context quote from O.C. Tanner, Mormon philsopher
and philanthropist of the David O. McKay era, published in an obscure
work called _Christ's Ideals for Living_ by Deseret in 1955.
Here's a fuller context--
It is said that "nothing can ever be right in a man's life, if he is not
sincere." The ideal of sincerity is central to the religion of Christ.
The demand of this ideal is genuineness, honesty of mind or intention,
transparent candor. To use an example Christ gave, it is the simple,
unaffected sincerity of a child that is required of us.
Our thoughts and intentions are invisible. They are known to others by
the words we speak, our outward expression, the signals we give to
represent our invisible personalities. If we tell a lie, we mislead
others as to what is inside. Then the lie becomes part of one's
character and the insincere person shatters the trust and confidence
other people may have or want to impose in him.
On the positive side, he who puts out the true signals of his invisible
self, becomes one of life's great privileges to know. Such a person is
the salt of the earth, the light of our lives, and the joy of real
friendship. It is a wonderful thing to meet and know a person of
integrity so great as to be everlastingly trustworthy.
Writing of Plato's portrait of a philosopher, Raphael Demos describes in
his own words the ideal man that Plato brings out in his dialogues:
The most important question we can ask about a man is whether he be
genuine or not...
As I read this it made me consider my own friends, "the salt of the
earth," particularly those in present company. To know those who
approach the state of being "everlastingly trustworthy" is truly one of
the greatest privileges and joys of my life.
I humbly strive to reciprocate, that my friends may ever find me worthy
of their trust.
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