June 23, 2009

Angels and Demons

My Irish flatmate, his American colleague, and I form a formidable trio in Beijing. We are different enough from each other to keep things interesting, but similar enough to remain friends. A Filipina assessed our individual characteristics and came up with the following verbal portrait of our distinct natures:
  1. The Irishman, a scoundrel of the highest order, is beyond redemption. She dubbed him a 'devil'.
  2. The American 'bad boy' still has goodness in his heart and can one day return to the path of righteousness.
  3. My noble nature is so pure and untarnished that there is a likelihood I could snap at any moment and fall into an abyss of sin (see point #1).
"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." - Abraham Lincoln