A very young Vladimir Putin sitting on his mother's lap in a garden.

Vladimir Putin and his mother Maria Ivanovna in 1958. Credit: Kremlin.ru

Does Putin Deserve Compassion?

Mar 19, 2022

I am not condoning Putin's war in Ukraine, or attempting to minimize his actions. This war is wrong, and Russia should withdraw now.

When we disagree with someone, we have a tendency to assume the worst of them and dismiss anything that might help us understand the chain of cause and effect that contributed to their beliefs/behaviors.

Instead, we tend to simply paint people we don't like with the evil brush.