“Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more”
— Nikola Tesla
Not only are our virtues and failings inseparable, they are often the same. A strong business sense can easily be perceived as greed. Kindness can often flip over to gullibility and creativity and imagination can often look like flakiness. I don’t know that any trait can be good or bad in itself. Instead partially through perception and partially through lack of moderation, all traits become at least double-edged if not tripped or more. Yet how do we come to understand any trait or quality that we have if we don’t take it to all extremes? How do we understand that trait in others? Only through understanding the totality of every aspect of our beings from its highs to its lows can we truly have control over it.
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