“There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Daily Nugget of Gold 1524
Sure You’re Sure
Have you ever had a disagreement with someone and you were positive you were right, only to be shown later that you were absolutely, definitively wrong? If it hasn’t happened yet, it will. It used to be thought that eyewitness accounts were the best evidence we had that someone had committed a crime. Sometimes someone testifies that they saw a particular person committing the act, or maybe even more than one person saw it- only to find out later that the alleged perpetrator had an iron-clad alibi? What the heck is going on here? Are people who make these accusation delusional? Well, they’re no worse off than the rest of us. We’ve come here today to explain this.
We think of our own personal memories of “what is reality” as being flawless, but that’s probably a conditioned opinion based more on the fact that we’ve found other people to have flawed recollections and we tend to favor our own as the true reality. What we cannot escape from very easily is that sometimes the point in question can be validated by definitive, inarguable evidence. It’s happened more than once to us personally, and likely to you as well, that we found ourselves aghast at how far off we were. Let’s not be so hard on ourselves.
We build memories through a complex network of neurons and synapses using association as the glue which holds them together. Our way of remembering things is no less complex than our method of seeing things is. Our sight isn’t just a product of eyes being the cameras and the brain being the film, it’s far more involved than that. We have a virtual photo-shop program running continuously and it’s actually constructing and altering the images our eyes send to our brain- for the better. Altering? Yes, it’s actually an important and essential part of the process!
We’re not going to get all “scientific” with this, we just wanted to help you understand your own mind a little better, and through that- understand that everyone has the same built-in flaws you do. When you argue a point, leave room to be shown you were wrong. When you find you were right? Allow the other person to make their own discovery in that regard if at all possible. The revelation will go down easier for them, then.
For most of us, it’s far better that we get along with others than be right all the time. People who actually do have such powers of recollection that they are rarely wrong frequently are thought of as just being jerks. Cut people some slack, and maybe they’ll do the same for you when you need it.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to insure I don’t put my foot in my mouth very often?”
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