Ask Your Self This Question Regularly

What makes me believe I’m right?

We should all ask ourselves that question much more often than we do. Consider the following simple yet powerful hypothesis:

  1. I believe I’m right about the things I believe.
  2. I’m not 100% right about everything I believe.
  3. Therefore: I am wrong about some of the things I believe.

Reasonable people will agree with me. Honestly, I think this argument is infallible. How’s that for irony. 🙂

The problem is we don’t know which of our beliefs are wrong. We wouldn’t believe them if we did. A better question to ask than, “Am I right?” (and far better than insisting, “I’m right!”):

What makes me believe I’m right?

In answering this question we can start to evaluate our beliefs. We can help others evaluate their beliefs by asking:

What makes you believe you’re right?

The answer to this question will tell you how deeply they’ve thought about it. And if you’re a thoughtful person that disagrees with them, you may just find their argument more convincing than yours.

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