“Strange as it might sound, believing that people are basically good, perhaps with a few blemishes, can lead to more punitive responses.”
When I respond to things I’ve seen or read, I want it to be in a way that is both positive and humble: what do I think this person means? How can their perspective change mine, if indeed it should?
Isn’t it exhausting to have to be right all the time? To worry that you’ll be found out, that maybe you’ll say the wrong thing, or the right thing taken in the wrong way?