Do you mean the principle of charity? As in... In philosophy and rhetoric, the principle of charity is an approach to understanding a speaker's statements by interpreting the speaker's statements to be rational and, in the case of any argument, rendering the best, strongest possible interpretation of an argument. In its narrowest sense, the goal of this methodological principle is to avoid attributing irrationality, logical fallacies or falsehoods to the statements of others, when there is another coherent, rational interpretation of the statements. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_charity That is a nice idea in theory and I don't mind applying it when the speaker's statements are rational and there is a coherent, rational interpretation. However sacrificing my position just for charity, and in particular when that charity is not being returned, is not upholding my side of the discussion. If its any consolation I find you none to charitable yourself, what between talking down to everyone, intimating you "know" things but never delivering and discussing others as if they can't read what is posted. But if you are offering to begin applying these principles I'll certainly see if I can act in kind. Its very simple. You intimate you know, so show me. I'm not saying I "think." I'm saying I use them and they work for me just as others have used them and found them to work. This is not a matter of theory. They are very effective principles for leading a good life and no I don't think they are perfect or can't be refined. But they are definately a good starting point. I presume you have at least read the maxims. What exactly are your objections?