Right or Wrong

“When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway
between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.”
Richard Dawkins
It is very difficult for a lot of people to say the little words:
“I was wrong” if they are wrong.
A lot of pride, shame and ego is associated with the right/wrong issue.
It starts with our education. We are rewarded by giving the
right answers. Giving wrong answers does not have any
any benefits at best and derision and punishment at worst.
Fast forward to adulthood and many people have forgotten where
the embarrassment came from which was probably in 1st grade.
And this shame and subconsciously remembered unpleasant consequences prevent them to say the simple words: “I was wrong” just to avoid these ugly emotions. Even when they are obviously and glaringly wrong.
Wars are fought over “I am right and you are wrong”.
And if you resist, it persists.
Loss of friendships and fights are making life miserable for millions of people because of the little missing words:
“I am sorry. I am wrong. Let’s talk about it.”

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