The most sage advice I have heard today, quoted below, is that one should assume positive intent.
I assume positive intent. I come from a place where I firmly believe everybody wants to do the right thing, based on their differences, their background, their experiences, where they come from, and their conscious (and unconscious) biases. People don’t start out from a place where they want to harm anybody.
This is a useful way to consider all kinds of interactions with others, be they the politicians making apparently disastrous decisions on our behalf, or our every day interactions with others. For the vast majority of circumstances this is a good initial stance to take.