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Cultural Quote #115: Is Understanding An Excuse For Bad Behavior?

When we show understanding to others, we interpret their bad behavior in a way that they often cannot articulate themselves. We examine the “why” behind their actions. Understanding does not excuse bad behavior. What it does do is humanize and contextualize it. Understanding makes it easier to love people who do not seem to deserve it and would never otherwise receive it from the world.

Walk In Integrity

An intellectually curious millennial passionate about seeing people make healthy, informed choices about the moral direction of their lives. When I’m not reading or writing, I enjoy hiking, web-making, learning foreign languages, and watching live sports. Alumnus of Georgetown University (B.S.) and The Ohio State University (M.A.).


    • Judgment is often an impediment to understanding. However, I also believe we can say “This was a wrong response,” while appreciating the factors that led to it. This is the approach I take with myself. I do not condemn myself for any past decisions, but I still identify some of them as wrong.

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