…longer believe now.” In my adult life, this revelation occurred almost never.
It’s been my loss. There are great benefits to being wrong: When you learn to punctuate everything you believe with a question mark, you open yourself to the discovery of knowledge. You routinely discard old views in favor of perspectives that are informed by evidence, history, and a variety of opinions. You find a whole new way of navigating the world.
I agree that admitting that you are wrong can have some great benefits. In college, my favorite professor always told me that the greatest scientists are all considered to be wrong in some respect. For example, Sigmund Freuds’ theories are widely disputed in the community of American psychologists. Still, his work was important in establishing psychology as a formal discipline. We can be wrong and still contribute to society by trying the best we can. Thank you for writing such a positive and inspiring article.