How Do We Compare?

[For young adults]

From birth, a baby is compared to his immediate family to see whom he resembles. As he grows up, his achievements are compared with those of other pupils in his class, school, state, or nation. His formal education completed, the individual now finds his accomplishments being compared with those of his associates and co-workers or with his own past record. All these comparisons deal with man as if he were a mortal; they compare him to other mortals and judge him by mortal measurements.

What is the result? If the comparison is favorable, it can lead to a feeling of superiority, personal accomplishment, and pride. If unfavorable, it may lead to a feeling of inferiority and discouragement.

Retirement—Inactivity or Fulfillment?
April 4, 1970

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