Originally Posted by The merchant of Venice
One of the things that springs to my mind when thinking about the heavy drugs issue, is that I'm inclined to generally not feel pity for people who destroyed thier lives with them. However, I usually tend to feel pity for troubled people who have mental issues like anorexia and such.
I tend not to judge people unless I know all the details that led them to a certain path. Often, making a wrong choice is not the result of a free will choice, but a complex outcome of many factors, some of which may be overwhelming and beyond a person's ability to handle. This is the case of many drug addicts, since the example was mentioned.
In many cases that I was quick to judge someone harshly, I later regretted it after learning some more about the person. I have learned to cut others some slack thereafter. Empathy is the key word here, a mental exercise that I try to perform each and every day, and which has changed my daily life and world view significantly.