It’s difficult to overstate how powerful agreeing with someone can be. Especially when you otherwise disagree with that person.
It’s also difficult to overstate how toxic blanket or dishonest disagreement can be—especially its effect on our own thought processes.
One way to tell the difference between conviction and obsession is our ability to understand what our opponents are really saying.
Another is our own ability to deliver light instead of heat when disagreed with.
We are all prone to misunderstand those who disagree with us on things we care about.
But that’s a vulnerability, not an excuse.