This isn’t to say that you should accept the facile idea that all problems can be solved by “meeting in the middle,” like some intellectual Benjamin Button. Rather, the idea here is to learn how to understand the roots of viewpoints different from your own. You may disagree with Christian fundamentalists or Yankees fans, but it is important to hone your ability to see how they came to believe what they believe. If you can see the human behind the insufferably stupid viewpoint, life will get immeasurably easier.