Lesson One Hundred Thirty Two: Beware Of Mean People!
Imam ‘Ali Ibn Muhammad At-Taqi (a.s.) said:
مَنْ هانَتْ عَلَيْهِ نَفْسُهُ فَلا تَأْمَنْ شَرَّهُ
Beware of malady of one who does not assume a dignity for himself! 1
In fact, one of the most important factors preventing corruption and malevolence is dignity or at least a feeling of dignity. Dignified people or those who assume a dignity for themselves even though others do not consider them dignified, tend to avoid evils and bad deeds in order to preserve their status . But those who feel that they do not have any reputation, respect and dignity, would heed nothing. Hence the need to be wary of such people!
For this reason, one of the important goals of education especially for children is to inculcate in them the awareness of dignity and a feeling that they possess a special dignity.
- 1. Tuhaful Uqul, page 362.