One might be careful how they "evaluate" another when leaving their town.
When he left his home town of Galena, Illinois in 1850 he was leaving as the tanner's son. He left carrying everything he owned in a carpetbag . The town folks well they "tittered" at his appearance. That is they gave a short, half laugh, they giggled at this one as he left town. Young Sam was going off to war. What good could he contribute. One local was to have said: "God help us."
Four years later that same Sam would would return to his hometown honored by a great parade, speeches and a new $16,000 home presented to him. He would go on to become President of the United States. Now the locals would say of him: "He was the quintessential American story of success, a poor pioneer boy who led the nation and mastered the world. Abraham Lincoln said of him, "He fights." Thus Ulysses S. Grant.
One might be wise to think twice and maybe speak less when one leaves their presences. But folks have been making evaluations like that since the beginning of time. Once one asked:
"Can any good come out of Nazareth?"
November 4, 2017