When we consider the fate of others, we often place ourselves on a plateau of superiority and view their decisions and mistakes through the lens of our current circumstances. We scoff, and ask ourselves: Who does that? How could they be so stupid?
We conveniently forget or overlook the missteps of our own hidden past, which lacked the scrutiny of others, and arrogantly offer ridicule, criticism, and judgement. After all, we feel we were born above them. We are more experienced, and more sophisticated, but most importantly, we are smarter.