I want to propose a thought experiment. Take any of your deeply held political views--something significant, not small and trivial. This should be something you feel very strongly about, one you feel is important in a moral sense.
Now, think about why you feel the way you do--what is the moral and logical reasoning you went through to come that opinion or belief?
Imagine someone on the other side of the ideological spectrum--someone like Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow (whichever one opposes your views) describing your position and the people who hold it.
Do you recognize yourself in their description of you and the position? Do they grasp WHY you feel that way?
They might be able to sum up what you believe and give you a label (eg. pro choice or pro life). The label might even be technically accurate, but do they do justice to the moral and intellectual process that led you to that belief?
Or, do they tend to reduce all of the thought and feeling and life experience you bring to your conviction as disordered thinking, assuming at the outset that your belief is wrong and that you are either foolish or stupid or evil for holding that view?
Try this a few times and look in the mirror that your opponents hold up. It seems to be very distorted, does it not?
So, is view that we get of the opposing team likely to be much more accurate?
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