Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The good and the bad in people)

As we all know, no one is perfect. People make mistakes, and some mistakes are worse than others. However, does that make necessarily them bad people? Recently I saw a post that said “What about all the great things that Bill Cosby did for people? Considering what he was just convicted of, should we forget about all those other good deeds he has done?” Mr. Cosby has helped to put many people through schools. He has donated money to charitable events. He portrayed a very positive imagine up until these last few years. I realize that all the good things he has done doesn’t excuse “any” of the bad deeds he has recently been accused of, but does that mean we just totally ignore them? How many of us who strive to be good can honestly say that our lives have been so perfect that we never did anything bad? I am by no means defending him. Sexual assault is a very bad crime and if any one I know had been victimized I would be very upset. The one thing I do realize about people in general is that most people have different sides to them. The same person who is nice could very easily have a “demonic” side about him or her that no one may be aware of. How do you view people? Do you judge them by the surface or do you try to dig down into their lives to understand them? For instance, if a man is physically abusive to his wife then on the outside that is considered a crime. However, if you find out that this man was himself abused by his family growing up then maybe it is possible that this man just needs help. There could be many different reasons for why people react the way they do. I try to be fair in my assessment of everyone. A huge drug dealer in a neighborhood would probably be considered by authorities as a criminal, but what if he was taking all the money he made and helping out families that needed it? What would your views be on this person? Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. What classification would you put him in? People are who they are, and in order to truly know someone you need to go beyond the surface. Maybe if more people did that, then our initial judgments of people wouldn’t be so bad… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Emotions (You got the best of my love and Boogie wonderland) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass