The cost of being right

I like to think of myself as someone who can change my mind on a topic once I am presented with new knowledge. However, I also know that in most cases my beliefs and opinions are very difficult to shake, even when the evidence overwhelmingly should push me in a different direction.

The Place Where We Are Right

From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.

The place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.

But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.
And a whisper will be heard in the place
Where the ruined
House once stood.

by Yehuda Amichai (1924 – 2000)—an Israeli  poet, born in Germany, whon immigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. He fought in the Israeli War of Independence as a young man, but became an advocate of peace and reconciliation in the region, working with Palestinian writers.

The challenge is to know when you are actually on the side of knowledge and when you are not.

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