If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world. (Blaise Pascal, 17th century French mathematician and philosopher)

That’s a sad commentary on society, isn’t it? To what extent is Pascal’s comment true? Are 20th century people any better? If Pascal is right, the world must be full of hypocrites, pretending to be friends, but actually cut-throat in their comments about others. So, if we want to have friends, we must be honest and transparent.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? . . . The one . . . who speaks the truth from their heart, whose tongue utters no slander. (Psalm 15:1-3)