Friday, April 13, 2012

Pearl of Wisdom #1

I had a hard time coming up with a title for this post series that didn't sound trite or cliché. Whatev's.
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Here's something everyone should be taught at a young age. On the other hand, some people are never taught this, they come to realize it on their own after cultivating some hard-earned wisdom. In fact, some people still haven't grasped this concept. And, even worse, some other people refuse to acknowledge the truth. Nevertheless, I believe everyone should learn this concept at some point in their lives:
Things aren't that simple.
That's it. Right there. ( ╹_╹)/ Things.... just aren't that simple. We live in a multi-dimensional world. It only makes sense that the abstract parts of it are in the same mold, yes?
Most issues don't have a simple 'right' and 'wrong' side. And we just so happen to always pick the 'right' side because we're so smart, eh? There are pros and cons all around. And decisions should be made taking them into account. Furthermore, and this part is key, those decisions should be re-evaluated when new information comes to light. There is still too much of that primitive 'stick to ya guns' mentality, when being right about something falls back to a distant second behind "winning".

There are times when the other guys are just plain wrong. But there comes a time when you should think about the "why" behind their stance. It isn't always "cuz they're stoopid". That reaction is strong, I feel it, too. Look for it in yourself next time you tune in to an argument or debate of any kind. We think to ourselves, "Damn, that guy is so stupid! Why can't he see that X is Z, not Y?"

Displayed below: The holistic decision-making process.