...is who they still are today.
Some people progress, and progress is never linear.
Everyone is doing the best they can with what they've got.
If you believe they're the same person since you last saw them, it's almost certain you've not grown at all.
You can only permit people the dignity to learn, grow, and evolve if you've extended yourself that courtesy first.
"If you treat a man as he is, he will stay as he is. If you treat him as he ought to be, he will become what he is capable of becoming." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe