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Tuesday, May 24

The seesaw of certainty and truth

Post bump (Original Post: Translating emotions 12/2/2012)

Have you ever been so convinced that you were right about something, so rock-solid sure, that if you had been offered the chance to, say... bet your life savings on it, you would have taken the bet without hesitation?

And then found out you were wrong?

Because you were missing one teeny weeny detail that turned out to be extremely important?

I've never ever done that in my entire life.

Sometimes certainty, the desire for certainty, it is like a magnet that pulls one toward an answer, a belief, an idea, without regard for the truth.

I have read that conservatives tend to be pulled more towards certainty while liberals are pulled more towards change and are more comfortable with uncertainty. I think I must be somewhere in the middle - a seesaw bouncing up and down between solid ground and flying towards the sky. Certainty, truth, certainty, truth.
   It occurs to me from time to time that I am unhappy with some of my writing here and consider taking all of them off-line until I can read through and decide whether I am comfortable having them online. 

   Then I read a few and realize that I do like some of them still although they could be a bit better written, and I hate to make all of it go away and lose the 13+ years I have put into it. I have almost 500 posts with almost 400 published. What I think I will do is make an effort to go through them one by one, on some sort of schedule, and either edit or remove them as I see fit. 

   If I did one per day, it would take over a year. I'd like it to go a bit faster - maybe by the end of the year. I have seen one blog author do "post bumps." I am not sure what she means by that, but I like the idea of moving old ones up to the top with revisions. I'm not sure whether I also want to keep the old one. Perhaps I could make it a point to read 5 per day and make a quick decision, yes or no, and then pick one to edit and bump up. Should I start with the beginning or the end? Maybe both and work towards the middle?

I am thinking from the end first as that is what most people will see first.