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Daniel Melendez

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So what do I do with this?

Schulz aptly describes the feeling and fear of finding out you are wrong. Got that (but lack the t-shirt). However, no one I know is going to hire or value me for being wrong. Many of the examples in this conversation are not about being wrong per sé but finding out you can be right in a different context. If I were the astrophysicist/marathoner/CEO, I would want to view the sky within a specific framework in order to make progress (What is progress? - perhaps that is what the talk is fundamentally circumscribing). But at the end of it I am left wanting for knowing. Just because I share the facts in, say, Karl Marx Das Kapital does not turn me into a marxist. Value judgments and actions intervene. And my fear of being wrong is proportional to the value judgment that can be hurled at me. Society is full of those. So, I am left puzzled to make practical sense out of her interesting perspective.


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  • Apr 21 2011: I was talking with a friend some time ago. I was certain of my position on some matter - but he counciled me by saying, "perhaps you should try to listen to ALL of their story". Now I can put his idea and this one to use.

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