History can be a harsh judge. It can reduce our lives to facts, without regard for
circumstances or mitigating factors. This seems to happen especially with great
people, who have foibles and flaws just like the rest of us. Before we judge
such people, we should try to understand the times and circumstances of their
lives. This will enable us to better appreciate their contributions, and at the
same time, to forgive their errors. Sooner or later, we will all be part of history,
and we would like the same merciful judgment.
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