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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Atticus states a very valid point in this quote. As the Savior said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged…” Atticus echoes this very clearly. It is not fair that we categorize people the moment we see them. We cannot assume with people. When we assume, we often categorize wrongly. We need to understand people more before we decide who and what they are.
As a little boy, I would often look at people and group them into categories. People who looked old were at least 100 years old. People who looked young were young and fast. People who looked smart were smart. People walking down the street were grouped as druggies and homeless people were the same as the people who worked at D.I. Whenever I would meet a person, I would judge them right off the bat.
What I was doing was not fair. There were people I grouped as druggies that later turned out to be poor people who were unemployed. People I thought were old ended up being younger than I thought. When I would look into the lives of different people, I would find out so much more, and when I found out more, I was more prepared to judge. This experience from my childhood has taught me that it is not fair to judge until you know where the person is coming from and more about him.
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Atticus, English-language films, Claudii, To Kill a Mockingbird
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