PERSPECTIVE DICTATES VIEWPOINT. One person sees a cop as a good guy, another as a bad guy. Skin color, profession, religious affiliation, all have a variety of impacts upon people depending on their family background, education, intelligence, bias, and personal experience. Some of us may be more flexible and understanding of differences than others, and our outlook may change over time as well. In the Sixties I had a very negative view of the police, especially following the actions of the Chicago cops at the Democratic National convention in 1968. But then, after working with them in the Eighties, my opinion became more positive. Now that I’m a grandfather, recalling my own grandfather, I feel a lot closer to him and wish that I’d spent more time talking to him and asking him about his life. Whatever unique personal attributes may be at issue, there’s always a reason, though sometimes difficult to discover and understand. People hate for a reason. Liars have their histories. Hypocrites usually don’t see themselves as others see them. And ego, the ultimate arbiter, directs behind the scenes.