Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
Goodness and honesty are requirements for harmony. Without goodness, trust disappears. Without honesty, trust is impossible. Without trust comes suspicion, positioning, and self-defense. Harmony gets on a bus and leaves.
Some new neighbors moved into the house next door to me. They had a mean little dog that constantly barked at my wife and I. My first impulse was to throw rocks at it. I did that once. It just made him more angry.
Then I remembered Jesus’s teaching, “Do not repay evil with evil, but with good.” So we bought dog biscuits. Every time we encountered the dog’s ugliness, we threw him a treat.
Within two weeks, we had gained his trust. He was no longer worried that we were a threat to his territory or owners. In fact, when they let him outside, he would come to our front door and invite us to come outside so he could enjoy our wonderful company…biscuits and all. Today we live in harmony.
Goodness is required to build trust. Without it, you are barking up the wrong tree. The goodness that is offered must be honest and not manipulative.
Trust is required in order for harmony to be achieved. Goodness and honesty are paths that establish harmony.