"Paint me, warts and all."--Oliver Cromwell, to his official portrait painter as Lord Protector (and Chief Theocrat) of the English Republic, on being asked how he wished to be portrayed in the painting, ca. 1654.
"Let us treat the men and women well: treat them as if they were real: perhaps they are."--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803--82), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Essays, "Experience" (Second Series, 1844).
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in The Use and Abuse of History, "Man cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him."
Judgment and stereotyping of individuals is a terrible habit, which all of us have been guilty of at least once in our lives. It is lazy, both intellectually and morally, and makes us apply false attributes to individuals and groups who we don't even know. It blinds us to the truth, and limits our ability to love.
I recently saw a poster/picture on Facebook showing Jesus of Nazareth, surrounded by children and disciples, and saying to them (in large, bold letters at the top of the poster):
"Okay. So here is what I want you to do. Love others as I have loved you. Take care of them and don't judge them."
The disciples ask him (in smaller letters):