There are two kinds of people was the conclusion of Victor Frankl in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning. He determined them to be the decent and the indecent. Part of what I would place within the determination of a decent or indecent person is what is defined as:
1 a : overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
b : recognition by other people of some characteristic or ability
2 : a place in public esteem or regard : good name
Reputation can be a good thing or a bad thing. Everyone has one. It flows through multiple parts of a person’s character. The sad dilemma is once a person gets a bad reputation, it is almost impossible to overturn the verdict. So many people would rather believe the worst about people than the good.
Having been the recipient of slanderous gossip, rumors and innuendos, I can identify with the harm brought on by invalid and unsubstantiated lies. Because of evil gossipers, backbiters, and despicable people, I have had to contend with the assassination of my good reputation.
Not everyone gives a care about their reputation. Others however try to get a reputation. Pick your nose in public, get a reputation. Wear a DTF shirt with contact info, get a reputation. Take things without paying for it, get a reputation. Carry out random acts of kindness, get a reputation.
What is the true you? Does your reputation match who you really are?