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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.

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