Just heard this somewhere and thought it was brilliant. Wish I could give credit but just can't remember. I think it was the radio, maybe some interview on WBUR.
Take a person and see them as a piece of pristine glass.
Some of us are smudged, some of us are cracked, and some of us are shattered.
Great analogy, to say the least. Let's elaborate a bit for fun.
Smudges are easily manageable. Cracks can also be undone with some effort. But if we are shattered, there is virtually no hope, barring divine intervention.
I believe most addicts are simply cracked whereas, say, a narcissist or a sociopath (both the same really) are shattered.
God, help me to love those who are shattered, those who hurt others with no remorse...