“What is kinder—to believe the best of people and burden them with a nobility beyond their endurance—or to see them as they are, and accept it because it makes them comfortable?”
–Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
I have found that in my life this is one of the greatest questions I ask and am asked. I want to be better having known a person. I want people to be better having known me, but are we the judges of those changes that occur.
Do our actions influence the shift from forcing someone to unattainable nobility or stagnant comfort?
I am not sure.
Which is kinder?