Critical thinking and interpretive charity are both essential components of a rational response to anything. What a complete appropriate response looks like depends on the details of the matter at hand. Being appropriately critical does not mean turning off our charity, nor does being appropriately charitable mean turning off our brains. We aim for an Aristotelian mean. This applies just as much to ordinary social interaction as it does to the evaluation of theoretical claims. See also Reasonableness; Affirmation; Honesty, Kindness; Intellectual Virtue, Love.