One has to treat people as responsible for their actions and also recognize that they can’t help what they do.
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But, that means I have to hold others up to the same standard I have for myself. Or, wait, I have to hold myself up to the same standard I have for others. Either way, I have to actually walk through this world, placing myself in other people’s shoes as much as possible. Fortunately, once I practice this more and more, the better I get at it, the closer I get to being understood. I think most of us primarily want to be understood by others. Which requires us to do as much understanding as possible.