Recent political and world climate reminded me of this FR from 2008.
Point to Ponder: Once upon a time I had a Boss with a nice style of keeping focus on the right things. Whenever he heard criticism that another department or a person needed improvement, he would gently remind us about the things in our department needing improvement. "You have to be mindful of.."
"The laundry is not very clean", she said to her husband. "The neighbor does not know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor hung her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About a month later the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look! She has learned to wash correctly, I wonder who taught her this?"
The husband said: I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows!
Reflection: How clean is your window?
And so it is with life: what we see watching others (peer groups, competitors, different cultures and nations) depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
Before we give criticism, it might be good idea to check our state of mind and ourselves if we are ready to see the good rather than to be looking for something in the person we are about to judge.
And oh yes! I almost forgot ...
I see you much cleaner than I did yesterday ... And you?