You currently cling tight to a belief that will someday sound as absurd as “the world is flat.”
We often don’t know what we don’t know. But many live life as though they have the answer key.
People hold hard and fast to their ideas. Over time, the grip tends to tighten. This can be useful — to an extent. Living with conviction can be admirable. It is not easy, particularly when you espouse beliefs that are not popular. Not being swayed by the crowd is smart. Living a life that isn’t driven by a desire to please is a power position.
Also, know that there are things that you are wrong about. As such, take care to not be dogmatic. It can be dangerous. The things you don’t know can hurt you. They can create risk. Vulnerability you don’t see.
Not acknowledging this reality can wreak havoc on relationships, too. We really like to be right. We want others to agree with us. How you defend your position or preach can create a rift if you don’t take care in crafting your message. When someone disagrees with you, don’t be a jerk. Listen. Really listen. Ask yourself, “what if I am wrong?”
Humility is honorable. It will get you much father than hubris. It takes courage to admit when you are wrong. Strength. It can seem scary —particularly when the about-face occurs publicly. Cutting sunk costs and changing direction requires effort.
Continually seek truth. Have the intelligence to integrate new information.
Don’t stuff your ears with cotton.
Don’t have a head of hardened cement.
Have an open mind, but don’t let your brain fall out.