Trying to understand another person’s motives is hard. It requires data. It requires taking details and facts about them and applying your perspective to that in order to anticipate what they might be thinking or feeling (empathy). The data is never complete though. We can never fully know what it’s like to be another person and so we can never truly understand where they are coming from or what their motives are, even if they tells us outright. All we can do is do is try and fill in the gaps, but there will always be something missing and that’s ok.