Hanlon’s Razor states: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
This philosophical principle (or “razor,” as it’s referred to in philosophy) can be used as a rule of thumb for anyone who sometimes leans towards assuming the worst in people.
I find that I sometimes assume that when someone does something destructive, it was done with bad intent. Oftentimes, I’ll assume this without having full evidence, just simply going off of the negative result. However, incorporating Hanlon’s Razor creates an easy mental check for times when this might be happening.
If we can all try to incorporate Hanlon’s Razor into our lives, imagine how many negative misunderstandings we can avoid? Let’s stop the domino effect of negative assumptions.