Admitting Our Ignorance - Personal Development Notes #2
The idea of critical thinking seems to conjure feelings of hard intellectual work and heavy involvement with philosophical concepts. And while the best of philosophers have arrived at their conclusion through the application of critical thinking formulations, they all began by wanting to think better.
It is that simple, and as complex as the above paragraph may read to some, it merely says that you need to want to think better before you can do it. Proper thinking starts with an attitude – one that is linked to emotions – being wrong can make us feel less than adequate. Being wrong can make us feel inferior. However, we are all wrong about one thing or another; at one point or another. And think about it this way: if you accept that being wrong is part of learning, you can start thinking about getting something incorrectly as the next logical step to getting it right.
Please know that I don't want to romanticise stupidity, no, it is not acceptable to be wrong all the time. What I'm saying here is that it is imperative to know how to accept when we are wrong about anything and then look for the better understandings of that particular thing.
The truth is that there is nothing as attractive as someone admitting that they either don't know something, or that they might have been wrong about a particular notion - a clear sign of deep intelligence.
Have a great day.