Michael Gerson on assuming the worst about opponents

“There is a natural human tendency to attribute good motives to people with whom you agree — and corrupt motives to people with whom you don’t.” –Michael Gerson

2 Responses to Michael Gerson on assuming the worst about opponents

  1. Daryl Little. May 23, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    My tendency…no doubt.

  2. Don Johnson May 23, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    Here is a very insightful TED talk on being wrong

    http://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_on_being_wrong

    My summary is as follows:
    When someone disagrees with you, we tend to assume THEY are wrong and make the following assumptions:

    1. They are wrong because they are ignorant. So the answer is to teach them.

    2. They are wrong because they are stupid. They simply cannot follow our correct arguments.

    3. But if they are not stupid, then they are wrong because they are evil.

    But do not just read my summary, listen to the talk.

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