A traveler nearing a great city asked a man seated by the wayside, "What are the people like in the city?"
"How were the people where you came from?"
"A terrible lot," the traveler responded. "Mean, untrustworthy, detestable in all respects."
"Ah," said the sage, "you will find them the same in the city ahead."
Scarcely was the first traveler gone when another one stopped and also inquired about the people in the city before him. Again the old man asked about the people in the place the traveler had left.
"They were fine people; honest, industrious, and generous to a fault. I was sorry to leave," declared the second traveler.