Just some thoughts::
Recently I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“I’m absolutely convinced that these people never meant to hurt one another.”
“They were simply trying to get through their lives with the best possible
mixture of love and respect, through work and affection. It seems to me that the challenge is not do what’s so prevalent in biography—to expose and to label and to stereotype. What I really wanted to try and do was to extend empathy to understand why they needed all those relationships and not to judge them harshly because of their own human needs.”
You know today I sometimes marvel at how those who lived in times before us did as well as they did. That goes for members of my personal family to those we know from the history of our country. I question whether I or others from present day could have done as well as many of them did. Cut them some slack.
In my opinion today we have too much media oversight and not always for the right reasons.
Often I think of what an old gentleman who used to come in the little grocery store next to the house in Pimento, Indiana where I grew up, when asked how he was doing his standard line would be:
“I’m doin’ the best I can with what I’ve been given to work with.”
I remember the Sunday afternoon my wife and I went to meet my birth mother for the first time. Walking into her living room, as I approached her, she put her hands to her face and I heard her say, “I hope you don’t hate me.” Which to her I said “Hate you, anything but, I’m here to say thank you, not hate you. I’m somewhat aware of the difficulties my coming brought into your young life.”
Let’s not judge too harshly those from our country’s past or our own personal past.
Let’s not judge….. too harshly.
November 16, 2018
Posted November 20, 2018