What follows is more from Chapter Nine of To Tell The Truth...
Earlier we said that some degree of maturity is necessary to make everything work. In fact, what’s really necessary is some degree of other-than-physical development, an ongoing, never-ending, maturation process. You have to continue growing even after you realize that you are expanding along with the universe itself.
John J. Goetz, in his research and writing in urban studies (1989, personal communication), has enumerated certain characteristics of mature individuals who continue to grow as human beings:
They do not always put themselves first;
They relate well to others, and treat others as individuals;
They seek the ultimate well-being of others in addition to their own;
They realize their limited abilities and see value in a diversity of talents and backgrounds;
They are able to discern, to see past words