Since i was a child, I've always been interested in what drives people, and people's stories and experiences. I've had some hardship in my life (not a lot compared to some people) and found that it works for me to make sense of these times by trying to understand what might cause others to behave the way they do.
My uni studies and area of work requires me to understand and empathize, and hold a nonjudgmental stance at all times. I work in the 'grey area' of life... Eg. Where the line between 'victim' and 'offender' gets very blurry or doesn't exist.
Personally, it brings me a lot of comfort to believe that people are not inherently bad or evil, but have experiences that influence the decisions they make. This philosophy helps me to be more gentle with myself too.