One of the most damaging beliefs we can hold about those we disagree with is that their beliefs aren’t sincere—that they have some ulterior motive, that they’re not acting in good faith.

It’s easy to feel this way, especially in today’s hyper-polarized political climate. But the belief that others’ convictions aren’t genuine is a dangerous one. It turns good people into scheming villains and renders constructive disagreement impossible. It’s a dark, warped lens through which to view the world.

We don’t have to agree with our idealogical opponents, but let’s afford them the same respect we expect to receive.

Hat tip to Seth Godin.