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The most violent element in society is ignorance.
-- Emma Goldman
 

 

Friday, February 21, 1997

Maybe not

"Faced with the choice between
changing one’s mind and proving
there is no need to do so, almost
everyone gets busy on the proof."

             -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Do you ever consider that you might be wrong? Do you ever question your assumptions? What’s so great about being right, anyway? And what’s so terrible about being wrong?

There are many valuable ideas and approaches that are not yours. Unfortunately, to perpetuate your own sense of “being right", you sometimes ignore the perfectly useful perspectives of others. Always “being right” will earn you little more than resentment. It creates barriers and inhibits communication.

Discard the attachment to being right and you’ll open up enormous new vistas in your thinking and perception. What if you actually listened to people without trying to figure out how to prove them wrong? Think of what you could learn, of how you could benefit from the experience and perspective of others.

Paradoxically, you’ll come closer to the truth when you let go of the need to be right.

— Ralph Marston

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