Pure understanding, uncolored by judgment is hard to come by

The Evolution of God Disc 14

…Our understanding of the motivation of others tends to come with a pre-packaged moral judgment. Either we understand their motivation internally, even intimately relate to them, extend moral imagination toward them and judge their grievances leniently or we understand their motivation externally and in terms that imply the illegitimacy of their grievances. Pure understanding, uncolored by judgment is hard to come by. It might be nice if we could sever this link between comprehension and judgment — if we could understand people’s behavior in more clinical terms; Just see things from their point of view without attaching a verdict to their grievances. ”

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