I recently experienced a revelation: the relief of being wrong.
How so, you ask?
Sometimes it’s a burden to continually reestablish a position I’ve staked out. I like to believe I’m a unique snowflake (no, not *that* kind of snowflake) and come up with my very own unique ideas. Naturally I will have supporting arguments, however oddball. Since I present my case logically, I will get supporters; or perhaps peeps were already inclined to agree. In any case, as time passes, doubt creeps in… what if the majority had it right all along? Oh drat. Boring!
At that point, holding on to my position becomes stressful, since it becomes a game of cognitive dissonance. I’m telling myself I’m right because I’ve invested in the idea; yet my current data is coming in opposite to that, which I must ignore. Suddenly, boom! I decide not to ignore the new data and abandon the position instead.
What follows? Relief! A feeling of peacefulness.
Nope, it doesn’t matter what the idea was, though you are free to guess. You’ll probably be wrong however. 🙂
(This in no way concedes that all my weird ideas are wrong, just one. Or possibly two.)
The Daily Prompt: Revelation