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Should you have ideas about people? Should you form an opinion, make a judgment about someone?
When you have ideas about your friend, what is important to you? No longer your friend, but your ideas about him.
And that is what happens in life, is it not? We all have opinions about people; we say, "He is good", "He is vain", "He is superstitious", "He does this or that". We have a screen of ideas between ourselves and another person, so we never really meet that person.
Having seen someone do something, we say, "He has done this thing"; so it becomes important to date events. Do you understand?
If you see someone do something which you consider to be good or bad, you then have an opinion of him which tends to become fixed and, when you meet that person ten days or a year later, you still think of him in terms of your opinion.
But during this period he may have changed; therefore it is very important not to say, "He is like that", but to say, "He was like that in February", because by the end of the year he may be entirely different.
If you say of anyone, "I know that person", you may be totally wrong, because you know him only up to a certain point, or by the events which took place on a particular date, and beyond that you don't know him at all.
So what is important is to meet another human being always with a fresh mind, and not with your prejudices, with your fixed ideas, with your opinions. ♡ Jiddu Krishnamurti