The Hero, the Villain, and Complex Issues

There’s a huge temptation to see people as heroes or villains. We look at politicians, business people, artists, and we make snap judgements. There’s no room in our minds for someone to be anything else.

But issues are complex. Example: I love the humanitarian work the Gates Foundation is doing. I also completely disagree with the Gates/Microsoft stance on privacy.

It’s like this with nearly every issue. So let’s try and avoid making people heros or villains. Most of the time, they are just doing the best they can. Issues are complex. People are complex. Acknowledge that complexity.