But please keep in mind, a different perspective isn't necessarily wrong, it is just a different perspective.
This is a good maxim. Without this kind of thinking, peace and justice can't exist in human societies.
But this kind of thinking also has serious limitations. For example:
If a man tells me that he believes 1+1=3, I will say that it is his right to believe that, and leave him alone.
If a woman tells me that the best way to plant wheat is to burn the seeds, grind their remains into dust, and scatter these ashes into the wind, I will say that it is her right to believe that, and leave her alone.
I think it is right to let these people happily have their beliefs. But I also think that the vast majority of us who are sane and sober will instantly agree on two points:
One, it is essentially impossible that the man who believes 1+1=3 will be able to learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and any other higher mathematics. In fact, it would be difficult for him to make inroads into subtraction, multiplication, and division with his beliefs about addition.
Two, it is also essentially impossible to envision that the woman who incinerates her seeds and scatters the ground up ashes into the wind will be a successful farmer.
A portion of the people on this board were introduced to the basic ideas of Daoism by teachers who view these teachings as basic knowledge that much be apprehended in a certain way--a contextually correct way--if people wish to use this basic knowledge as a foundation for progress in Daoist practice.
Another portion of people on this board encountered Daoism much more informally. Are their ideas wrong? From a very broad perspective, no. In fact, from a broad enough perspective, Daoists (and Buddhists) will happily confess that all ideas are wrong. But returning to the importance of having one's basics right if one wants to progress in a certain framework of practice, these people's ideas are likely to be contextually incorrect. Drawing conclusions about Daoist teachings that don't fit the context of Daoist praxis means building obstacles to one's progress that one probably won't even be aware one has. Blind spots cause us so much trouble because we usually don't even know we have them.
Concluding that "1+1=3" means never learning algebra. But not learning algebra won't spell death for too many people, and so if the man is sufficiently attached to his notions, he can devote a lifetime to defending them. Perhaps a long, happy, healthy life!
Unless she's a subsistence-farming hermit, the woman who burns and crushes her seeds will probably never starve due to her misconceptions, leaving her plenty of years on planet earth to spend talking about her personal views on horticulture, while she is kept full and healthy by the food she buys in the supermarket.
By the same token, a person who is a partially-informed autodidact or misinformed dilettante but who decides, "I am a Daoist; this is what Daoism taught," will never starve. He or she might even live a long, happy, healthy life. He or she might moreover even perform certain marvels. Even so, the person would nevertheless be presenting ideas about Daoism that any initiate would see as contextually incorrect, just like any middle-schooler would scoff at the above ideas about addition and farming.
To learn about Daoism in a traditional manner means being open to having one's teachers, "Dao friends," and the classics repeatedly say, "you're wrong." To the cultivator, the whole point of having teachers, classical texts, and "Dao friends" is to increase the chances of being told where, how, and why one is wrong.
Here we arrive at a very sneaky conundrum:
The statement, "he's not wrong, he just has a different perspective," very likely reflects the speaker's open mind.
But the statement, "I'm not wrong, I just have a different perspective," might very well reflect something that's quite the opposite of an open mind.