As certain criminological, anthropological, sociological, or psychological studies have proved or, at least, implied, a person can either change according to different situations, or differently respond to them. There are accordingly two questions:

1) Does a person change according to a situation that indicates her personality is unstable or changeable?

2) Does a situation simply reveal that the nature or reality of a personality is stable?

As I read elsewhere, “don’t be in a hurry to know a person, because the time and the situation, favorable or unfavorable, will reveal her real personality.” The different situations or conditions could thus show the reality of a person, which means her corruption, lies, robbery, opportunism, courage, and so on. Does Malcolm X was right to argue that “Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today”?

 

October 23, 2016, Toronto, 5.43 PM

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