“No man is completely useless; he can always serve as a bad example.”
When relations get bad, a life ring of some sort is just everyone needs. The above quote is such life ring for me. Don’t know where I heard it from. But the quote has helped me through many relationships.
Whenever I reached the end of my ropes with someone and about to give up on that individual, the quote gets me off the ledge and offers a different way to look at the situation.
It diffuses whatever pent-up emotions I would have. And calmer mind prevails eventually. “No one is completely useless” affirms the fundamental truth of human value and avoids the trap of dogmatism. It is rational.
Perhaps, I did not try hard enough. And if I did try my best to no avail, the option remains for me to learn from “a bad example.” So I know what not to do. Yes, the quote is uplifting because it allows me to see alternatives.
What is your go-to life ring?