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The Benefit of the Doubt

The Benefit of the Doubt

Even a broken clock is right twice a day...or is it?


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January 27, 2007

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(3) david, February 21, 2007 5:04 PM

Love thyself as thy neighbor

Maybe judging favorably includes judging ourselves favorably. If we do, we'll allow ourselves the space required to listen to a different opinion - a true accomplishment.

(2) Anna from New Zealand, January 29, 2007 12:06 AM


I can't get the video, but will comment anyway.

The broken clock isn't so much right twice a day as it is not wrong twice a day.

Can it be correct if it is only not incorrect because of circumstances ?

If I give a book to charity & the book changes someone's life, how much responsibilty do I have ? This could apply to many things-I suspect that you could think about it for a long, long time !

(1) Gary Katz, January 28, 2007 9:33 PM

My anecdote about not judging other people

I'm a retired plaintiff's personal injury lawyer. Over the years, I had thousands of clients, and many of them were real characters. One client, John, was in his 50s, but looked much older, due to years of alcohol abuse. I must admit that I had judged him a bit of a bum, and wasn't really enjoying being his lawyer. However, one day when he was in my office, he told me an enlightening story from his younger days when he served in the army. He was stationed in West Berlin, during the days of the Berlin Wall. You will probably recall that East Germans who tried to flee to West Germany were routinely shot by East German guards. John related how one time he and two of his fellow GIs spotted a young man trying to sneak across the wall. The East German made it over the wall, but was then shot at by the East German guards. He tried to run to safety on the West German side, but kept falling, perhaps because of the hail of bullets (which miraculously had not yet found their mark). My client and his buddies spontaneously ran into the no-man's land between the two borders, grabbed the fleeing East German, and, dodging bullets all the way, half-carried him to safety. John finished the story with a shrug, explaining, "I guess we were young and crazy back then - we didn't think about it - we just did it." I looked at him in a new light. He was no longer just some drunk. He was a man who was capable of (and actually accomplished) something heroic. He exhibited bravery that I may never know if I could match. I vowed to never judge a book by its cover again. Gary Katz

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