You meet all sorts of people. I meet many who are severely wounded. You see the signs--cynicism, sarcasm, lack of etiquette, social withdrawal, fear of others, argumentative, angry, hostile, insulting.
What do you do then? If you have a robustly good temperament, do you adapt to these negative traits, or do you persist? I think we have no choice but to persist. The good temperament is the medicine that challenges--not by overpowering or attacking--but by kindness, joy, and a sincere (not an artificial or cheap) smile. If health is in us, we cannot hide it. The unhealthy need to see health and maybe be healed by encountering the healthy.
And so I remind myself: "The healthy should not adapt to the sick, but rather the sick should adapt to the healthy." A false humility that caters to and appeases and, worst of all, imitates the worst traits of others merely spreads the disease.
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