Some people feel solid, clear, steady, thoughtful, sure-footed. They inspire our trust, our willingness to be in relationship with them, personal and professional. We can rely on them. There’s consistency between what they say and do. We can open our selves and our ideas to them. They will not wilfully hurt us, we feel.

Amedeo Modigliani, “L’ Amazone”

Other people are wishy-washy, haven’t figured out what they stand for. Erratic, say this today and something wholly different tomorrow. Their words feel sometimes hollow, shady, even dishonest. One moment they’re lost, then rushing in some arbitrary direction. Their behaviour, not all the time, but often enough is bewildering. They don’t inspire our unreserved confidence.

Character is what distinguishes the one person from the other.