Skip to Navigation

I don’t know, but I think I remember that when I was younger I wanted to be right quite a lot. With age comes wisdom, one hopes, but at least I don’t waste my time with that nonsense any more. I’ve learned, you could say. I mustn’t take any credit for that though, as I can’t distinguish between the things I’ve picked up through study, and what life has taught me. Here are a few observations:

  • People are always right, especially when angry or impassioned
  • It doesn’t matter in most cases because in most cases ‘right’ cannot be objectively verified (Have I chosen the right partner in life?; What is the right moment to [fill in this space]); Is blue the right colour for me?…  the right way to bring up the kids, …the right philosophy of life?)
  • There are so many things we could know about, and perhaps we can become experts (and be right) about one or two of them, then again, things are always changing so what was right yesterday may not be right tomorrow.
  • When I feel strongly that I need to be right, there is probably a wrong somewhere else that needs to be righted, that is not being attended to.
  • Certainty is an illusion, or at least ephemeral, but they who govern us, would control us or who get paid a lot to advise us, would prefer that the illusion remains unannounced
  • The same goes for the rest of us, except that mostly we don’t realise that certainty is concept not a reality, so we can overreact when we find out that things aren’t rock solid after all
  • Being right means rigidity, whereas successful systems (in the sense that they can adapt and flourish), are flexible and open to change.

There is more, but this is post, not a thesis, so the right place to end it is here. I think so, anyway, but I can’t be sure.

2 Responses to “The Joy of Not Knowing”

  1. You’re right Barry! 🙂 the problem with believing you are right is that this tends to back you into a corner with no room to manoeuvre when contrary information arrives. Your investment in being right can override the obvious solution of changing your opinion. I think cognitive dissonance theory is insightful on this.

What do you think? Share your thoughts...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest from the blog

Resilience – 3 Ideas to Get You Started

resilience tips

If you want to become more resilient there is plenty of guidance on the web (see my Lifehack 9 Steps to Resilience). But, actually getting started can be daunting, especially if you are already under pressure from your job, daily life demands, or both. Rather than launching into yet another to-do list, I’ve found it […]

Continue reading

On Becoming the Person You’d Like To Be

Most of us have something about ourselves that we’d like to change or improve on. Having a clear idea of where you’d like to end up is more important than worrying how you’ll get there.

But the vision needs to be more than just vague and wooly aspirations like “To be happier”, or “To be comfortable in life”. Sensible though such hankerings are, they don’t contain enough detail to guide you.

Continue reading

Making Things Shapes… All Sorts of Things

When in a crisis how do you respond?

I don’t mean the day-to-day stuff, I mean real, critical, mid-life, existential, where-to-from-here-I’m-in-a-total-panic-because-I-feel-lost sort of crisis.

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
Please help with my

 Listening Survey

Help me to help you and get FREE access to my course How to Listen Well when it launches.
Go to the survey
I am about to launch my new online course 'How to Listen Effectively'. Before I do I'd really appreciate YOUR HELP in responding to my brief survey. One good turn deserves another, SO if you respond to my survey I'll send you a personalised free-access link to the course when it goes live in a few weeks. You'll benefit from the complete, video-based course, absolutely free.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: