#9 The Power and Freedom That Comes From Knowing That You Don’t Know It All
The world contains two types of people: those that think they are right……. (silence). There is no other group.
EVERYBODY thinks they are right about what they think they are right about. But in a world so full of disagreement, in which highly intelligent people clash on so many issues, BY DEFINITION a great many people are wrong much of the time.
It is rare to encounter a person with the good sense to realise that their opinions are merely opinions, and that they are surely dead wrong about many things. But having an open mind and understanding your inevitable propensity to regularly be WRONG is a wonderful thing and a prerequisite to becoming the wisest and best version of yourself.
In this podcast, we discuss the importance of realising that all writers, thinkers, gurus, philosophers, politicians and yes, even podcasters, are wrong some, or even most, of the time. Inspired by The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science and its poignant ideas about the human need for stories. Reality is infinitely complex and no person alive understands it all. We all merely have a partial view of what’s going on, and we are all riddled with cognitive biases, rationalisations, denials, ‘stories’ and irrationality.
Realising you are often wrong frees you up to be more often RIGHT because only an open mind can process all new information – not just information that supports its current beliefs!
This is The Gentlemen’s Game.
Stay open, be well!