What if you’re wrong….

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Hi everyone

Back in my lecturing days, I’d encourage students to challenge my thinking. Not in a ‘throw eggs while my back is turned’ kind of way but more in a ‘I don’t agree with you and here’s why’ way. I considered it a job well done if they felt comfortable enough to be able to do that in a civil and respectful manner.

In a society where opinions and viewpoints are becoming increasingly polarised, it would benefit us to keep focused on the notions of free speech and intelligent discussion. Slurs and insults don’t cut it.

With our flawed decision-making processes and the fact we take mental short cuts to save time, there’s a fair to middling chance we might be wrong. Having to contend with other opinions sharpens us intellectually and makes us better not worse as a society.

In the words of Bertrand Russell: ‘I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.’

Take care and be kind to each other

Janine

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