Every action you take, no matter how positive the intent, can be taken out of context, spun, and presented in a negative light. All you need for this to happen is people who don’t like you.

Similarly, every action you take, no matter how negative the intent, can be presented in a positive light if the people doing so like you, or fear you.

I’m not advocating for the latter.

For the former, enough people will take this approach based on what you do that you shouldn’t give them another reason to do so by not being kind.

Also published on Medium.