When we speak of psychological innocence, we are not excusing bad deeds. We are explaining that the world looks very different to us in different states of mind/levels of consciousness. So in a deeply insecure, negative state of mind, things make sense to people that would be unthinkable to them in a secure, peaceful state of mind. Each of us is always acting from the state of mind and quality of thinking that we are generating at the time. That’s why awareness of the importance of noticing ours and others’ states of mind is so critical to understanding.