You know that spreadsheet model you’re relying on to make a major investment decision? It’s one possible view of the future, but it’s almost certainly wrong.
You know the view that you have about the specific effect that some government policy will have on our destiny? Or why your partner reacts the way they do to something you’ve said? Or all the paralyzing worries you have about how the future might unfold? There’s a pretty good chance you’re wrong about that too.
How about the highly specific beliefs your particular religious affiliation–or lack thereof–espouses that contradict those of other denominations, or those of agnostics or atheists? Well, the only thing that is certain is that either one group has it basically right or none of them do. Do the math and it’s clear that the majority of our fellow residents on this planet have some pretty big things that they’ve got fundamentally (pun possibly intended) wrong.
There’s nothing inherently misguided in acting with the strength of conviction or through faith (and I mean that in the broadest sense).
12 Step programs and various forms of spiritual and positive psychology disciplines have taught us the power of acting “as if.” I’ve personally benefitted from some of these practices.
But there is enormous power in developing an awareness that all too often we adopt a monolithic, unyielding view of the future.
All too frequently our desire to be right prevents us from seeing other paths, from being ready to adapt to a future that is inherently unpredictable, from tapping into the beauty of possibility.
When we accept that we just might be wrong, we become open to the alternative reality that others might just be right.
And so much changes.
Then again, I might be wrong.