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Creative Thinking

The Enlightened Hypocrite

June 29, 2011 — by Daryll Scott0

I recently called my blog ‘The Enlightened Hypocrite’. There are reasons why I like this title; it works on two levels and more than that, it hints at creative thought processes…

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”
John Maynard Keynes

There is very little wisdom in being absolutely certain about things.

I have never understood why politicians are criticised for making u-turns – surely that’s what we want them to do – rather than stick to something that’s not working.

Ideally, we are presented with a problem, we dream up our best solution, we give it a go, and if it doesn’t work we need to change something.

Everything changes, and the more certain you are about your current perspective, the less likely you are to notice when and how your approach is not working.

There is even less wisdom in attempting to cling to your certainty in the face of compelling counter-experience. There is nobody more incoherent and unreasonable than someone trying to defend an un-defendable position.

I love being wrong – it means I’m growing. Try it – it’s liberating. Let go of the need to be ‘right’ and your thinking will become a hundred times more flexible.

And I love a hypocrite – like pointing out the inaccuracy of written language (in books and on blogs) or stressing that it’s important to be seriously committed to important things, but suggesting that things are much to important to take seriously.

For most things, there is more than one ‘truth’, so reserve the right to select the one that suits the current frame of reference and change perspective tomorrow.

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