Maybe Dr. Phil, who considers the world a darker place than it was, would consider me naive. A victim waiting to happen. However, as a writer, I always look for motivation. WHY did someone do something? Before I judge and throw my two cents in, I look to the root cause. Because without motivation, it's hard to make anything believable in fiction.
Reading this week's people, I was struck by the judgment in the letters to the editor. One writer judged Whitney Houston's mother Cissy for writing a book so soon...she is "dismayed by her family's efforts to capitalize on the singer's death."
Really? You think her mother wanted to make a buck on Whitney and that's why she wrote a book? You don't think maybe she's processing her pain and grief and writing about her journey helped?
Another writer said "The photo of Britney Spears out on her rounds was appalling. She was unkempt and hanging out on top. She is a star and should try to be more ladylike in public."
Britney is clearly unstable. Most likely, bipolar. The fact that she gets out of bed most days is probably a win for her. Not to mention Britney is coming off of a broken heart. Let's give her a break. I mean, do you look like a ten every time you go to the grocery store?
Do you ask yourself the reason someone acts a certain way before you attach motive?
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives. Proverbs 16:2
In other words, we really can't know people's motives by their actions, so we should be careful here.