After I was done with the painting, Joe offered iced water to me. We had a chat and it turned out that Joe was a college professor in architectural engineering. I realized that we had a lot in common. Experiences like that often encourages me not to forget the good side of human nature. The reason I say that is because of another experience not long ago with a total stranger.
If you scroll my blog down to the post on April 17, 2016, you'll see the following painting posted with the title Bird Watcher Larry.
His full name is Larry Weidel. He is the author of Serial Winner, a book on business sale techniques, and amateur photographer. After I completed the painting, Larry offered to buy it. However, he told me he didn't have cash with him. He asked whether I took credit card. I told him that I didn't. I gave him the painting after I took a picture with my cell and asked if he could send me a check. He said yes and quickly added, "I am an honest man. I'll put in mail right away." So, I gave him my address. Unfortunately, to this day, I haven't received his check yet. I guess he IS a serial winner in business.
What makes me sad about that experience is not the check but it has negatively reinforced what James Madison said about human nature. I was shocked at his assertion about human depravity and wickedness when I first read something he wrote. He said that humans are mired by passions, self-interest, and habits of vice.
I guess I need to caution myself to have a balanced view on human nature.
The following is an addition on 5/29/2016
I called his office a couple of week ago, but he has never responded till after I wrote the above post. I finally heard from him today in an E-mail. It reads as follows: