#77: Doing One’s Best
complex causes lead to complex effects
On one side, I see “good” people genuinely trying their best within the reach of their awareness and ability. On the other, there are practical outcomes of such behaviors. On one side, it’s beneficial to give people the benefit of the doubt. On the other, there is a risk of becoming apologetic.
Outliers of questionable “doing one’s best”, such as an unhappy child, repercussions of poor health decisions, or financial instability, elucidated the truth I was looking for. When I wonder: “Did X really do their best?”, I am trying to find someone to accuse. “Who do we blame: the person or their context?” Yet, this very question is irrelevant.
It simply doesn’t matter who is to blame; blame is an excuse. The truth is that complex causes lead to complex effects. Whether one did their best or did not, they and I will inevitably face the outcome of our actions or inactions.