Ran across a lovely quote tonight. It expresses well a basic tenet of mine, that people and groups do everything they do for a reason. I might not agree with the reason but every action grows out of the person or group's beliefs, values, and understanding of the situation. Of course, teasing out the real reasons behind someone's action is incredibly difficult and we almost certainly never succeed. But the effort to understand others is always valuable and I don't think anyone can claim to understand much about the world if they resort to cheap caricatures when describing people and groups.
December 30th, 2011