How to know when you’re wrong

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If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below then you know you can’t trust yourself.

Your rational brain has been hijacked by extremism and you aren’t seeing the world clearly.

Questions to ponder -

  1. Do you disagree with everything the opposing party does?
  2. Do you take one isolated negative interaction, and quickly apply it to all members of the opposing party?
  3. Do you believe the opposing party and it’s members are allevil”?
  4. Do you disregard perspectives that challenge your view of the world?

Most situations and people aren’t a binary “good” or “bad”. It’s merely a spectrum of “pros” vs. “cons”.

We do ourselves harm when we apply arbitrary extreme morality to a situation. It prevents dialogue. It prevents consolidation. It destroys relationships.

So the first step to heal the world is to challenge yourself.