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9 September, 2016
On Being Wrong
In the Ted Talks video featuring Kathren Schulz, Kathren asks “why do we get stuck in this feeling of ‘being right?’” In life we are all exposed to and experience not only being wrong, but the realization and the headache of the denial of the act. We see being wrong as humiliating and as a slap to the face. She challenges the listener to try to accept the inevitability of being wrong about things. Schulz’s aim is to get her audience to understand that “just because we get something wrong, that doesn’t mean something is wrong with us.” She is trying to get us to not only see our view, but also the window others peer out of.
If I applied Schulz teachings to my own life, I would quickly try to see a problem or situation from all sides and accept that I am not all-knowing I would find myself more content and happier, my health would most likely improve. Why do we get stuck in this feeling of being right? Holding on to the “I AM RIGHT’ card causes our lives to be less effective therefore we remain stagnant instead of growing to our full potential. Though stubbornness and human nature would hold me back from exercising these better habits, I would try to see how accepting “wrong” is a learning opportunity. The more I do so, the more I would grow.
In society, parents and childcare providers cultivate disciplinary culture as a shameful ordeal, thus indicating a child’s imperfection as ignorance and inept ability. This typical human nature might be harmful, but it can also allow us to strive to avoid the ugly stigma of being wrong as a misgiving. Schulz explains that we have a problem in society when someone disagrees with our beliefs we tend to assume those who disagree with us as being ignorant imbeciles. Then if we know that “they” have the knowledge ,and still disagree then they are simply idiots; lastly if they can’t see things our way and have the information well then they are just plain evil! If as a society, we would teach that being wrong opens the windows for us to see something better, it could heighten our knowledge and experience. Once we take a step back and look at all the missing fragments, perhaps only then can we piece together the master-piece of compromise and wisdom.
As life-long students we must take advantage of these lessons being taught all around us, we gain personal growth, happiness, and ultimately, humility. An experiment I’d like to see the results of would be to have two classrooms, one in which the teacher would teach that correctional techniques as tools for learning, and in the other classroom, continue as society does now, and see how this concept changes the way the students treat each other and how being wrong feels different when addressed as an opportunity and not as an opportunity to humiliate.” The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t.” Schulz