Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become character, and character is everything.

We seem to be living in a world with a curious double standard: If someone reports that, much to his own amazement, he has just perceived the presence of his dead father giving cogent and useful instructions regarding the estate, we will say, “Oh, that isn’t real: that’s just that person’s imagination.”

But when we just hear, simply hear, of a rape, murder or the agony of the homeless, we say, with great satisfaction, “Yes, that’s reality.”

What would happen if we started looking for the good news a little more? Like the hungry man going to a city full of parks and museums and malls and concert halls and seeing only restaurants, we do tend to find what we are looking for, and not much else.

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