Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Paradox of Right

This is one of the main messages I wish people would pick up on. I've posted it in lots of places already, but it belongs on my blog, also. The following blog is about what I call the Paradox of Right.

Everyone always thinks their right, right? (speaking of beliefs and opinions, not of actions)

If people thought that they were wrong, then the world would just fall apart. You can't believe in something you call wrong. I'm sure everybody knows this (at least in the back of their heads) but its sort of hard to think about. What if people thought they were wrong, yet they believed in it anyway? I'm fairly certain that can lead to insanity.

But everyone is not right, yet still, we have to think we are, or else things will not make any sense. Imagine if we all believed we were wrong, but still believed it. As I stated, we would probably go insane. We must think we are right. All the time.

So, since we cannot think we are wrong and still believe in something, then we must establish our opinions. After all, with no opinions, we would discover nothing. Take science into consideration: no one would find any answers to their questions if they did not believe in what they were searching for.

However, as stated, everyone is not right. More than likely, everyone is wrong, at least to some extent. This is a very humbling thought for humanity. Each individual human absolutely MUST believe they are right, or at least probably right, but at the same time KNOW that they are wrong and probably wrong. (How very paradoxical)

Therefore, you cannot prove to anyone that you are right unless they already partially believe you. Least of all and not even ignorance can be proven wrong. Someone who is wrong who believes they are right will be so absolutely convinced they are right because they are ignorant of their incorrectness. You can prove nothing to such a wall. In the meantime, you can’t believe anything new, and no one can prove anything to you unless you are open to the possibility that they are correct.

Moreover, you can't judge another for thinking they are right because they can't think that they are wrong. And neither can you. Thus is the curse of humankind, and why we continue to fight. "Why can't we get along?" is easy to answer with this simple explanation. We cannot get along because we believe we are right. If you do not believe in something, then what do you amount to and why are you alive? But if you choose something to believe in, then you will have to be forced to accept that you are potentially wrong. Or you could just continue convincing yourself that you are right.

Of course, then you must wonder. Someone must be right somewhere. I do not believe that individual is human. But that is only my opinion.

So in conclusion of the previous statements: just because you’re right, doesn’t mean you’re right, because everyone else is also right whether they are actually right or not.

Before I completely close this blog, there is a Part Two that you may enjoy. The Paradox of Right explains how futile it is to beat a dead horse. The following is from a page online that my brother found regarding the beating of dead horses.

"Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in business we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Say things like, "This is the way we have always ridden this horse."

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.

7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.

8. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.

9. Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.

10. Change the requirements declaring that "This horse is not dead."

11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.

12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.

13. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat."

14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.

15. Do a Cost Analysis study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.

16. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.

17. Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead.

18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.

19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses.

20. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.

21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

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