Sunday, September 19, 2010

Why Are People So Narrow Minded?

The fact that we are often narrow minded is probably a bigger cause for problems than we realize. People do a great job of finding ways to support their argument, but are incredibly bad at considering other people's arguments. Proving you are right is relatively easy; just find facts to support your arguments. Unfortunately, though, finding facts to support your argument is not enough to consider your opinions to be facts themselves in most aspects of life. There is not only 1 correct answer. If you are going to be safe, isn't it only rational to look at the other side of your argument to try and prove yourself wrong? Only after you have done that and have been unable to prove yourself wrong can you ever say with almost 100% certainty that you were right in the first place. I say almost 100% because there is always the possibility of the unpredictable (which is actually more common than you may think). However, proving to yourself you are wrong is not only difficult, but why would anyone ever want to do that? I'd say most people are perfectionists in one way or another. Being wrong to most people means they initially lacked some sort of knowledge, and worst of all means you have just proved to yourself, in one way or another, that you have failed. No wonder people want to avoid looking at the other side of an argument; because looking into the other side is admitting to yourself what you don't know is more important, or at least of equal importance to that which you do know. And who wants to admit they don't know something about something that they think they know everything about?! Ignorance is bliss.

However, if you want to better yourself I feel it is invaluable to try and prove youself wrong because in doing so, you may just prove to yourself you're right.

These posts are not meant to be taken as investment advice. Everything written is solely the opinion of the poster.

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