It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. – George Washington
We seek companions; we strive to belong. Abraham Maslow, best known for Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, includes the sense of love and belonging at the heart of what is required for an individual’s psychological health. In today’s electronic, social media world, there are many places we seek to belong. Unfortunately, a superficial or shallow sense of belonging, built on weak relationships without deep understanding, are often worse than no relationships at all.
George Washington, arguably America’s true Founding Father, warned us it is better to be alone than to be in bad company. It is required of us to evaluate the company we keep; it is required of us to know the company we keep.
We are linked to those with whom we associate – be it in social circles, on social media, and at work. Our company is no longer limited to face-to-face associations. Our company is electronic and digital. Be intentional in your actions and mindful of your footprint – others will judge you by the company you keep.