The easiest way to disagree with someone.

I've not been following Seth Godin's blog for very long, and despite it's apparent focus really not appearing to align well with my interests on the surface, I've found him to be very interesting to read (I'm sure you were already well aware of this). This particular post I think hit the nail on the head.

...is to assume that they are uninformed, and that once they know what you know, they will change their mind.

His opening point is absolutely right. We're all a little too often a little too ready to presume the fundamental obviousness of our own points of view.

The hardest way to disagree with someone is to come to understand that they see the world differently than we do, to acknowledge that they have a different worldview, something baked in long before they ever encountered this situation.

The problem, to my mind, though isn't the disagreement. I think we all need to be able to accept our disagreements, enjoy them even. I think the real problem is not being able to agree to disagree.

The Puzzle of Bookcases.

The Überfaust?