“When you are involved in discussions that revolve around taking pot-shots at individuals who are not present, practice defending the person in his or her absence. Make a habit of being the one person in the group who defends the absent persons. You can wonder out loud how that person would explain the ways of being that are being criticized, and suggest that there may be more than what is seen on the surface.
These kinds of statements serve to restrain the ego’s need to compare and feel superior, and they serve your higher self, which wants to help others. This is a particularly beneficial lesson to teach young children, who have a tendency to gang up and “rip” the absent. Always ask, “Who here is defending the person who isn’t here to defend him/herself?”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Your Sacred Self”
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