© Aron Hsiao / 2003
If anyone ever tells you, “I believe in my heart that I’m a good person,” or anything like that—run a mile.
That is not what good people say. That is what evil people say. Evil comes wrapped in all kinds of packages, some deceptively innocent-seeming, apparently-vulnerable, or earnest.
Do not be fooled. Anyone who out-and-out swears they’re a good person is not. Even if (let’s say especially if) they’re crying when they say it.
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If you find yourself saying something like this, take a long, hard look in the mirror and change.
Realize that if you need to say it, it’s because in your heart what you actually know is that people doubt that you’re any good after watching your behavior, and that’s why you feel compelled to try to make the case directly.
You’re begging for a pardon for your sins.
Stop doing things for which you’re going to need such pardons and nothing else will need to be said.