The Wrong Idea

Posted on November 7, 2008 by: Shane Maru

Have you ever been wrong? Have you? Most people will admit to having been wrong at some stage during their lives. They might look back at something they did, then look at the consequences of it, and decide that maybe it wasn't the best course of action after all. They might think back and regret their actions and think "Why did I do that? I wouldn't have done that if I knew then what I know now.". Which, it seems, is exactly it. Maybe we are 'wrong' only in retrospect. Maybe at the time of our actions, at that exact time we do something, we are right. It seems our actions at any one time are based upon what we know - what information we hold at that time. If we could foresee the future and discern an undesired outcome as a result of our intended actions, I doubt we would still go ahead. It seems we just 'Go with what we know'. Are you wrong for basing your ideas and opinions on what you know? Maybe you are wrong from someone else's viewpoint, but aren't you right from your own viewpoint, based upon what information you hold at that time? Maybe later you have an information 'update' and your opinion or viewpoint changes? Ultimately, empirically, or factually we may be incorrect, like a colour-blind person who may see a grey instead of red. The colour-blind person doesn't see a red colour, he sees grey, because that's what his eyes and brain are telling him. For all intents and purposes, and judging by what he knows, from his viewpoint, in his opinion, what he sees is grey. Is he wrong for seeing grey? It looks like grey to him, and from where he stands it IS grey. If you were him, would it be grey to you? What if no-one told you it was red not grey? How would you know? You wouldn't know. If everyone saw colours like you did , or if you saw colours like everyone else does, who would be wrong? No-one. It seems it's just a matter of opinion based on what you know.

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