Friends:

How are the 4 persons comparable to Trees?

There are these four kinds of trees:
One is itself rotten and weak, but is surrounded by strong hardwood trees...
One is itself of strong hardwood, but is surrounded by rotten and weak trees...
One is itself rotten and weak, and is also surrounded by rotten and weak trees...
One is itself of strong hardwood, and is also surrounded by strong hardwood trees...


Schiele: Four Trees

There are four types of persons similar to these four classes of trees:
A person is himself rotten and weak, but is surrounded by strong and good persons!
A person is himself strong and good, but is surrounded by rotten and weak persons!
A person is himself rotten and weak, and is also surrounded by rotten and weak persons!
A person is himself strong and good, and is also surrounded by strong and good persons!

How is the one himself rotten and weak, but yet surrounded by the strong and good?
Here one is immoral, and wicked, while his friends are moral men of lovely nature...
Thus is a person, who himself is rotten and weak, surrounded by the strong and good,
just in the same way as a rotten and weak tree is surrounded by strong and good ones...

How is a person who himself is strong and good, yet surrounded by the rotten and weak?
Here one is moral, of lovely nature, but he has friends, who are immoral, and wicked...
Thus is a person, who is strong and good surrounded by the rotten and weak, just in the
same way as a strong and good tree, is surrounded by many rotten and weak ones...

How is a person who is rotten and weak, and also surrounded by the rotten and weak?
Here one is immoral, wicked and evil, who has friends who are immoral, wicked and evil!
Thus is a person, who is rotten and weak, and also surrounded by those rotten and weak,
just in the same way as a rotten and weak tree, is surrounded by rotten and weak ones...

Finally: How is a person who is strong and good surrounded by the strong and good?
Here one is moral of lovely nature, who has similar moral friends of lovely nature...
Thus is a person, who is strong and good surrounded by the strong and good, just in the
same way as a strong and good tree, is surrounded by strong and good hardcore ones...

These are the four persons comparable to trees existing in this world...

Comment:
Discrimination of good and bad groups is a signature sign of genuine understanding!
The rotten and weak may take with them other beings in their inevitable fall...
The strong and good may take with them other beings in their inevitable rise...
The wise therefore selects his fine friends like when picking exquisite flowers.  ;-)



Monet: Four Trees

More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Four_Personalities.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Ideal_Person.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_9_Supremes_Explained.htm

Source:
The 4th Higher Science Abhidhamma Book:
The Personality Concept: Puggala-Paññatti.
https://store.pariyatti.org/Designation-of-Human-Types_p_1958.html


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