Over-estimating humans

I wonder about humans, especially their need for war, unconscionable politics, twisted business, and egotistical religion.  I wonder what is to be done and whether the world’s downward plunge can be reversed.  Then I encounter some human-generated wisdom, as follows :

“If we take man as he really is, we make him worse. But if we overestimate him

… we promote him to what he really can be.”

The words are Viktor Frankl’s, a Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist.  The sentiment earlier came from Goethe, poet and playwright.

Watch Frankl in this short video from 1972.

And another gem from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it,

and others do just the same with their time.

Wisdom for all living beings.

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