The Measure of a Man

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. (Samuel Johnson, 18th century English writer)

“Quid pro Quo” is a phrase we hear sometimes when politicians are looking for reasons to discredit the testimony or activity of a rival. The Latin phrase suggests an exchange as in “you do something for me and I’ll do something for you.” Johnson lays out a higher standard for judging one’s ethical conduct. We should all strive to live up to it.

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. (Philippians 1:27)