My Daily Thoughts


Hold Opposing Ideas

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.
Shane Parrish

Our world is becoming increasingly more complicated.

In many situations, there is merit on both sides.

We need to foster the ability to hold opposing ideas in our heads.

Every idea you have needs to have a confidence percentage that you have in that idea. No idea ever has 100% confidence.

Thinking in this way, you will have interpretations and facts that support the interpretation. It is the same whether it is an idea you strongly agree with or an idea that you are strongly against. Strongly agree is the same as a high confidence percentage. Strongly disagree is a low confidence percentage.

I can be 99% confident that climate change is created by man and I can be 1% confident that climate change is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Either one might be right, but if I were a betting man I would bet on climate change being created by man.

When thinking this way where both ideas might be right, you will continually find facts that support both of them. Sometimes, as more facts become known the percentages will swap so the opposite idea is now the more likely one.

When we feel that one idea is right, we stop noticing or ignore facts for the opposing idea.

Keeping both ideas in our heads also allows us to have empathy with people regardless of which idea they believe in. Understanding both sides allows us to receive facts from others to support or change our views and makes others more accepting of the facts that we have.

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