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  • Writer's pictureYamit Armbrister

Compassionate Sentencing and Resilience

Why should we judge a person favorably if they have wronged us? Sometimes even hurt us?

The concept of judging people favorably holds a profound significance, especially in a world often marked by harsh judgments and swift condemnations.

The idea of giving someone the benefit on the doubt, even when we feel, even know, they don't deserve it, is a super human trait. It means that we are trying hard to understand the context of bad behavior.

True, understanding the context does not exempt a person from the wrongdoing or punishment. It only means that we accept that each person's story is unique, shaped by complex factors such as upbringing, environment, conditions and personal life experiences.

When we do that, at the very least, we take a step towards understanding, before judgment. It shows that we try to capture the complexity of human lives.

Sometimes, it will also allow us to consider giving a  second chance, if possible. Sentencing someone favorably means that we understand human faults and that we believe there's a chance for people to change and evolve. It recognizes that even those who have made mistakes deserve an opportunity to redeem themselves.

In a world where compassion and empathy can sometimes feel overshadowed by criticism and cynicism, the concept of sentencing someone favorably, serves as a beacon of hope. It encourages us to see the best in people, to believe in their potential, and to recognize the beauty in their journey.

By adopting this mindset, we not only create a fairer system of justice but also nurture a culture of resilience and understanding that uplifts us all.

If we judge somone favorably, we pave the way for a more empathetic society. And we probably would want someone to judge us favorably as well one day.


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