No one likes to be wrong.
Yet one of the things that makes us better thinkers, better writers, and better artists is to accept our own wrong thinking and change course.
In Philippa Perry’s book, How to Stay Sane, she cautions us about our chronic aversion to being wrong :
“We all like to think we keep an open mind and can change our opinions in the light of new evidence, but most of us seem to be geared to making up our minds very quickly. Then we process further evidence not with an open mind but with a filter, only acknowledging the evidence that backs up our original impression.
It is too easy for us to fall into the trap of believing that being right is more important than being open to what might be. If we practice detachment from our thoughts we learn to observe them as though we are taking a bird’s eye view of our own thinking.
When we do this, we might find that our thinking belongs to an older, and different, story to the one we are now living.“
In your own personal evolution, are you thinking fossilized thoughts?
This brings to mind one of my favorite definitions of an artist, from Anaïs Nin :
“Under the most rigid conventionality there is often an individual, a human being with original thoughts or inventive fantasy, which he does not dare expose for fear of ridicule,
and this is what the writer and artist are willing to do for us. They are guides and map makers to greater sincerity.
They are useful, in fact indispensable, to the community. They keep before our eyes the variations which make human beings so interesting.”
Artists are map makers, individuals who record their own impressions of their own explorations and reveal their own viewpoint.
Now consider for a moment the map maker who refuses to be wrong.