A challenge: Admit when you are wrong… Just onesPosted: April 14, 2011
I value honesty above everything else. Often to the degree that it likely hurts my own career and income, but I do not see a point in games or taking credit. Straight to the point and get the job done is more me. Besides, what goes around comes around, so honesty is likely the best path to lead the world down.
I do however appreciate boldness a lot. People who state opinions or form hypothesises are the important shakers of humanity that play an essential part in propelling us all forward.
I also understand that with the modern complexity you cannot know everything, not even with google as your best friend. That is why methodology and theory of science is even more important tools today. They give a universal grounding from which to build shared understanding. A simple such statement is A is A. After all, if A is not A, it must be something else. Just like, if you to state categorical statements or hold beliefs as data-points you must admit that such beliefs are either true or false. If not, you are doing your part to help humanity slumber (sidenote: I believe an attitude of not caring about facts or your role in the world is what the song Slumber by Bad Religion is about).
Unfortunately in big organizations and the way we have decided to run our governments we use politics, and a basic element in politics is never admitting that you are wrong or that your opponent are right (even if they copied your own ideas to the letter). Some even take joy in this weird game it seems. This is one of the (several) reasons the philosopher Oppenheimer and later American essayist A.J. Nock was critical of representative government, and according to the brilliant Popper, this kind of behavior is one of the biggest treats to any system as it hampers discovery and decision making.
So my good deed mission for you is this: Next time you are caught being wrong. Admit it, no matter the consequence…
… but please feel free to share the consequences in a comment below.
Don’t feel bad. Remember the “old” motto of the internet: Fail Faster. We fail too slow if people for whatever reason, will not admit being wrong.
On a site note: at Echo it we truly believe that the next frontier of social media is to provide technologies that improve the world we inhabit and help to fill the void left by the departure of traditions and ethics in the modern world. Echo it has to play a part in this development. Even if we fail, we must fail in such a way that humanity benefit from learning from our example.
PS: The last three posts have looked a bit political… I am sorry if I offended anybody. Please remember to use echo it nomatter what your views are. I am just rambling CEO who has too many opinions.
PPS: Here is the song referenced above for your enjoyment
Have a nice day and thank you for reading this.