It’s so easy to judge, it’s so easy to say what we would do if it were us, it’s so easy know we would do it differently if we just had another opportunity. Reality is, try as we might to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, they never quite fit. Just like our DNA, there are no perfect matches. We can grow up in the same town, have similar educations, maybe even similar jobs and experience, even the same parents, but none of us are the same either in genetic make-up or in the environment from whence we came. We say our subject should have known better, or done it differently, or was morally wrong, but judgment always has to be tempered with mercy, love, and understanding.
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; — but great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Emerson