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I mentioned this to some people recently and, to my surprise, it seemed to resonate with some of them in their search for truth. The Principle of Charity is a methodological practice in philosophy. It is that when we seek to understand a point of view or argument, we seek to understand that view in it's best/strongest/most persuasive form. Sometimes this involves a bit of reconstruction or filling of logical gaps. Once you've made the most sensible/understandable version of a view that you can, then you can set about evaluating and, if necessary, criticising it (philosophy isn't all hugs & puppies). There's important technical reasons for this, but I like some of the non-technical ones I've read: This attitude, if maintained, frees the conditioned mind and enables it to absorb and understand the new. Interpret unto others as you would have them interpret unto you. So I think there's both pragmatic (aides understanding) and moral (respect and reciprocity) reasons why this might be a good approach.