I Know

September 20, 2021

You can never be right, without first enduring wrongness.

And I often feel being wrong is the ultimate win, as they’re the ones who benefit from growing their knowledge and understanding of the world.

But are we losing the ability to do this?

To be wrong in a world where we badge ourselves with popular ideas, regardless of their accuracy.

Where political beliefs are inflexible, devoid of nuance, and rooted in our very identity.

If something sounds right, then it must be? If everyone’s saying it, then surely they can’t all be wrong?

Well, sometimes the world is, sometimes the small voice is the right one.

Sometimes what is unpopular is still true, or at the very least, worth listening to.

But do we have the courage to do so?

As the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer put it –

“All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

Boys behind in schools:
[1] https://tinyurl.com/2ycj92h9
[2] https://tinyurl.com/dx4kw8rk
[3] https://tinyurl.com/y5phcsbs
[4] https://tinyurl.com/3wrntrfu

Male survivors of rape
[1] https://tinyurl.com/55a8pbfk
[2] https://tinyurl.com/5cssvytx

Images by Nong Yang, Mick De Paola, Zoe and Jasper Benning from Unsplash


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