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How to be right every single time

Perceiving the world is an act of creation.
David Brooks


I like to think I’m right when I share my opinion. My beliefs are founded in research, reason and experience. I tell you what I believe because it’s the best answer I know.

Then again, so you do. Everyone on this planet thinks and believes different things… and they all like to think they’re right too.

So, let’s explore this a little further.

If I’m right, everyone who thinks differently is mistaken, lazy or stupid. Even on a statistical basis that seems unlikely, not to mention downright arrogant and insulting. Maybe I’m right about some things and wrong about others. Maybe everyone’s wrong, all the time.

It seems wise to accept there are more forces at play than we can fully grasp. The universe is big and complex enough to encompass a lot of different experiences, even conflicting ones.

So, if you consider other people’s views and still surmise that you’re right, it means one of three things.

  1. You’re actually always right. Congratulations! It must be lonely at the top.
  2. You dismiss an enormous amount of the amazing world we live in as non-existant
  3. You tailor your experiences to match your beliefs.

If that’s what it takes to be right every time, is it really worth it?

2 comments on “How to be right every single time

  1. Jai Normosone
    May 11, 2011

    I can see the point you are trying to make but there is also another issue – that of "to thine own self be true". To have your thoughts and your opinions – and being true to yourself about them is of great importance to a well-balanced individual. You don't want to be weak-willed into flip-flopping when someone who is more pushy or persuasive than yourself gets in your ear.It is one thing to be "right" all of the time but, generally, isn't that how we all are when we open our mouths?What is more important is the ability to be objective about your opinion and accepting that, given enough evidence, you are able to change it to suit the more-informed environment.I basically see the best way to be is, instead of everything being black and white, have the shades of grey. Be firm out your ideas and opinions – but be mature enough to able to adapt since it is blatantly obvious that nobody knows everything (except me šŸ™‚

  2. Laura M
    June 15, 2011

    I agree Jai. 'To thine own self be true' means sticking firmly to what you feel is the right answer for your circumstances. Yet, in doing so you are not saying everyone else is wrong. Rather, you acknowledge that truth can be tied to individuals and their circumstances. It allows two opposing "right" answers to co-exist. The thing is, they can and do co-exist all the time. It's just a matter of whether we're able to accept the complexity of the situation or demand it conform to our view of right and wrong.

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