Selection and Confiden
Before you trust, test people's attitude to these four: Virtue, wealth, love and survival. Noble heritage, freedom from faults and shame of blame Are some norms to choose. Even the widely-read and faultless, when scrutinized, Are rarely found free of ignorance. Weigh a man's merits and also his defects. Whichever weighs more is his nature. A man's deeds are the touchstone of his Greatness and littleness. Choose not men who have no kindred. With no bonds to restrain, they dread no shame. To favour and select the incompetent out of love, Leads to folly in all forms. To choose a stranger untried Will trouble one's line without end. Trust none untried, and after trial Entrust him with the trusted job. Trusting those untested and suspecting those tested, Both lead to endless trouble.