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#80

Even if you don’t feel it’s true, tell yourself that everyone is doing the best they can.

Whether it’s a drugged out teenager on a stretcher, a 70 year old alcoholic, a 22 year old with 6 kids on welfare, or a standard 25 year old with a cold, try to remind yourself that everyone is doing the best that they can.

They’re doing the best that they know how to do with their resources, mental capacity, and means. When a person is 5 years old and being told by their mom that they can be anything they want to be, no one picks “I hope I’m strung-out and relying on the government so that others can judge me.”

A series of life events unique to that individual (but probably shared, in parts, by many) have gotten them to where they’re at. They have enough people judging them, preaching to them and looking down upon them. You’re not there for that. That’s not your job.

Treat everyone with compassion. Treat everyone with respect. It may be the only compassion and respect they’ve received in a long time.
And I know the above doesn’t always seem true. But you’ll become much less cynical, spend much less of your already-limited-energy, and have a better outlook on life if you try to see the world from a perspective in which everyone is doing the best they can instead of spending that time analyzing why they are making the decisions they are making.

We’re not all born with the same IQ. We’re not all born with the same financial stability. We’re not all born with the same family support.
You can judge others. They’ll come to you in abundance. Or you can potentially be one of the very, very few who doesn’t. And, even if you’re cursed out, unappreciated, and mocked by them
– you can go home knowing you treated everyone the same.
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