People change and people are not uniform. I believe that the good things a person does and achieves are not invalidated by the bad things they do, yet the good things they do does not venerate them either, each of their actions need to be put in prospection of their time and circumstance. and then an action should be evaluated. In the end I will gain a mosaic like pattern of the person and his/her actions and I will be able to define a position towards that person.
It’s the action a person does in the presence that will determine how I shape my behavior and actions towards this person right now. If a person presents a current danger, I will have to put a stop to the danger, and I will do so in the most compassionate and consolidator manor, but as effective as necessary. Even if I have to oppose a person today, for the actions or inactions they take today, that should not blind me to the good they did in the past, because - People are not uniform nor static and they change, and I believe that one should always allow for the future to be better than the past.
Because people and society changes I often have to reevaluate how we judge and represent, new information, changes in how my cultural bias is exposed and changed, will make that necessary.
In this way I hope to maintain a realistic and compassionate view of the people I meet and work with in my life, or of people in the past who wrote history.