“If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one’s own self-deception and ignorance.”
— Marcus Aurelius
I love finding out that I’m wrong. All too often I see people fighting for their points of view and being unwilling to face challenges. If I cannot defend my viewpoint on a given subject that means that there is a viewpoint that is better reasoned or more thought out than my own. Which means that either I need to understand my own thoughts better or I need to change my viewpoint to bring it more in line with a greater truth. Which means I have to grow as a person. The new viewpoint may not be right either. Actually considering that the best we can hope for in our lives are closer to closer approximations of reality, the chances are that it is not right. At the moment tho it is closer which means that by adopting it, my outlook has grown. Even better perhaps I can reconcile the two outlooks and gain an even greater understanding. That will never happen tho if I confuse my belief and my understanding with my identity. I hold beliefs. They are not me. At least that’s how I see it now.
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