But we sure seem to have found the polar opposites right here in Augusta.
There's the kind like Phillip Duggan, a Marine Reserve corporal who, after being stabbed by an alleged shoplifter while working the Toys for Tots area at a store here Friday, donated a toy to the program following his release from the hospital Saturday.
Then there's the kind who would stab such a good man -- after being stopped for the cowardly, devious act of shoplifting under cover of the busiest shopping day of the year.
The two men weren't born to such remarkably divergent ends. They made a series of choices in life that inevitably made them the way they are.
One decided to serve his country -- and to serve underprivileged children by helping get donated toys to them for Christmas.
The other apparently decided that 50 percent discounts or better weren't good enough for him -- that he wanted a 100-percent discount. So he allegedly decided to steal, stuffing a laptop in his pants and grabbing two cameras, perhaps hoping the other fools actually spending their hard-earned money would provide him sufficient camouflage. When that didn't work, and he was stopped at the door, he allegedly tried to run -- and when confronted, stabbed Cpl. Duggan. A suspect is in jail.
Life is a tapestry of choices that we weave for ourselves. All men are created equal -- but not all choices are. The choices we make along our journey tend to differentiate us from each other, much more so than any innate characteristic.
There are many kinds of people in the world. The above two kinds could not be more different.
And it was they who made it so.