It is a very common and old saying that ‘birds of the same feather flock together’. It means that those persons who have similar tastes, manners and habits would often sit together. A bad man will like to keep company with a bad man while a good man will like the company of good men. Wise men even do avoid fools and fools do not like the wise men’s company. Sinners and rogues would not be at ease with the saints, and the saints will not like to be amidst sinners.
We, can, therefore, judge a man’s character by the sort of people he likes to meet. ‘Lambs don’t make friends with wolves nor doves with hawks.’ But at the same time it is not always safe to judge a man by this standard. A good man may be found in the company of a bad man though out of sheer understanding and mistake.
For instance, Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity often liked the company of the sinners. So much so that his enemies called him ‘a gluttonous man and Wine-bibber, the friend of publicans and sinners.’ But he was a saint out and out. He mixed with the bad people only to reform them. Therefore, it is always essential that before we should pass our judgement we must know why a person seek such companions.