There was a beautiful village in the tropics, inhabited by wonderfully easygoing folks who loved themselves. This made it easy for them to love their neighbors. For indeed, we can only love anyone else to the degree that we love ourselves.
A very wealthy industrialist, who had clawed his way to the top, came to the village seeking peace and tranquility. He had an elaborate castle built on the mountaintop, located a mile away. One day, while walking around the castle grounds at the bottom of the mountain, the industrialist met one of the villagers.
“Welcome to our beautiful valley” exclaimed the villager. “We hope you enjoy its peace and tranquility as much as we do.”
The industrialist retorted, “Bah humbug! I don’t talk to inferior people.”
The villager quickly responded, with the biggest smile and kindest voice, “My goodness, where in the world, with your vast travel experiences, have you ever come across an inferior human being?”
The lesson: the more you practice seeing perfection in others, rather than trying to exploit their personal limitations, the sooner you will enter the village of high self-esteem, the more will your world be peopled with supportive and loving neighbors, and the quicker you will enjoy a life of peace and tranquility.