There are times when you will meet a man or woman be unable to form a clear idea of them in their mind. And sometimes the fault will be with you. Your powers of mental acuity will be too weak to resolve that person, be it man or woman, into a clear image. In such case you should labor to correct this human myopia and discern clearly the person with whom you deal. Perhaps the differences between their courage and their cowardice, their sincerity and their hypocrisy, their joy and sorrow are there, but take a precise and, to you, unexpected configuration. You may have to enter into them, as into a dimly lit cave, until your eyes adjust.
But there are other people who are themselves intrinsically unclear. Perhaps they are two people sharing a body, one sensitive and spiritual, the other coarse and addicted to the pleasures of table and social approbation, and these two people resolve into no distinct image but instead are super-imposed, as in a shmear of cream-cheese on a bagel. This is just one example. Perhaps their thoughts are not thoughts but simply shimmering tendencies. Perhaps they have no distinctness, but are simply an agglomeration of other men’s personalities, whom they have met or seen on television. Perhaps they are simply a fog. In that case do not labor to see them clearly. They themselves are unclear. If you squint to see them clearly, you squint in vain, and purchase, for your squinting, only Headache.
My son, endeavor to know the difference between these two sorts of men!