“Why do you take pleasure in being praised by men whom you yourself cannot praise?”
It’s a good question. The answer is that we must mistake praise for a good. We seek it, we find it validating. It supports what we do. But, most of the time we don’t consider the source.
A careful application of praise from a good man is one thing, but we mistake a popular sort of praise which is base. One has but to look at the internet, the never-ending stream of selfies, tweets, and updates. Lots of people crying out for validation.
It’s a poor stand-in for the surety and confidence that comes from within.