iRi has a really good post about an attitude that leads to a lot of failures in communication. Excerpt:
The base logic is something like this:
- I care about issue X.
- Because of the way in which I care about issue X and my other beliefs, I think Y is the solution.
- The only reason someone could not think Y is the solution is because they do not care.
- In fact, while they claim to believe in solution Z, since they don’t actually care the real explanation must be that they think Z will give them personal advantage, or they simply hate the group of people affected, or they must have some other ulterior motive.
- Wow! People who don’t agree with solution Y are evil! And we should treat them as evil!
- For bonus points, “Wow, I’m a really good person for hating people who ‘claim’ to ‘believe’ that Z is the ‘solution’! Everybody pat me on the back!” (Scare-quoting all the significant words of the opposing argument is a major indicator of this thought process.)
The whole post worth reading.