How do you embrace a damaged person?

I’m talking about Woody Allen. Of course his comedic genius requires no explanation. However, it’s known that he abused his daughter. How does one reconcile these extreme facts and the vastly divergent emotions that they evoke?

Obviously, something transpired in his past that broke some part of him. Many assailants are not simply “born evil”, but are the products of their environments. This is why I don’t feel capable of hating anybody: there is too much evidence that a tragic act is rooted in another broken person or event.

So, how do you embrace someone with a huge mistake in their past? Yes, it varies considerably from case to case… but I’m just wondering.

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