In the book It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover, The day Lily Bloom delivers her father’s eulogy is the day she leaves her hometown in Maine for the bustling city of Boston. A few months after she moved to Boston she meets Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon on a rooftop balcony. He enters the balcony looking very angry and doesn’t notice lily until until she clears her throat, the two of them get to talking and they come up with something called a ‘naked truth’. A ‘naked truth’ is telling the raw truth with no filter. This is when Lily starts explaining how she felt like a terrible person, when she sometimes looked forward to when her father would be abusive toward her mother, because for a few weeks after he would take them out to dinner and would be really nice to the both of them. After hearing this story Ryle then reassured Lily by saying;
“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” (p.17)
This quote has allowed me to change the way I view the other people around me. For example, when someone has been a little bit cranky towards me I now don’t assume they are a bad person, I just think of what they are going through and how maybe that is why they are doing or saying bad things.