Today while scanning my Twitter feed I came across this photo of Jodi Arias:
Image from here.
I saw this photo and thought pleasantly, Hmm. I like her glasses.
I don't know why, but I started thinking about the process she must have gone through to purchase them. She likely had an appointment with her eye doctor. Did she pick out the frames at her optometrist's office? How many pairs did she try on before she settled on these ones? Or did she know at first glance that these were the right pair for her? Or maybe skipped that process entirely and ordered them online.
I don't know the answers to those questions. You probably don't care, and frankly, neither do I. I don't know Ms. Arias and, beyond this particular blog post, her choice of eye-wear has very little impact, if any, on my life.
But for that moment, she wasn't crazy and she wasn't a murderer.
I don't condone murder. I nevertheless felt that it was worthwhile to consider Jodi Arias — a fellow human being — in a light different from the one in which she has been most recently cast.