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On Being Wrong

January 17th, 2010

Most people hate being wrong, even fear being wrong. Some will go to great lengths to assert their correctness, even (or especially) after they know that they’re wrong. Next to the desire for vengeance, this is perhaps one of the most destructive features of the human psyche.

While being wrong is not necessarily a great thing, it is also not a bad thing–on the condition that it is used to learn, in which case it becomes productive and even positive. But that’s the catch: you have to be ready and willing, even eager, to discover when you are mistaken about something. But it is good, and it is respected: people will admire a person who readily admits when they are wrong

The only thing wrong with being wrong is not admitting, to yourself and others, that you’re wrong.

If children were effective taught this from a young age, I think the world would be a far better place.

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