Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Certainty and clarity

I heard someone saying today that a person who is wrong but clear can triumph over someone who is right but unclear. It's unfortunate but I think it's also true at times.

This is a challenge for those of us who don't like to oversimplify everything into black and white alternatives. However, I also think there is a difference between the dangers of false certitude and clarity. It is possible to be clear about one's point of view without believing that we are the sole owners of divine truth. Some humility is needed here as well.

This builds upon another thought that I had recently about avoiding black and white ultimatums. The alternative isn't always necessarily grey (and therefore always clouded or unclear) - it may in fact be a rainbow of colourful possibilities.

One final thought on this topic: If the question is wrong to begin with, it's impossible to come up with the right answer.

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