A little while ago, I read this on Twitter:
It kicked around in my head a while. I kept coming back to it. Eventually it collided with Tim Ferriss’ question from my last post.
Having been active on Twitter for a few months, I’ve noticed that there are lots of truths. People are very, very fond of their truths. This post is not designed to offer wry commentary on the state of Twitter, or anything like that. It’s only to say that I feel a bit removed from the back-and-forth, the jousting, the bickering. And it’s not just Twitter. I meet so many people who have such strongly held beliefs. And they are so certain of them. Not always. But a lot.
I don’t, though. Don’t mistake: I have beliefs. I certainly have a moral framework; I have values. I know what I want to teach my daughter. But in terms of politics, or teaching, or society – who knows? My beliefs are always shifting. I like watching the debates on Twitter, because I can learn from opinions I hadn’t considered myself. But I don’t have the certainty some appear to have.
I like Forte’s words, because they remind me not to get too precious about being wrong. They are simplistic. I’m sure, in one sense or another, they’re wrong. But they help me remember that a lot of what we think and say and do comes as the result of shared belief systems that exist because we believe in them. But we’ve been happy to kill old gods before; no doubt we will again.