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Monday, August 22, 2016

Microstory 391: Validation

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You’re almost there. I promise that you don’t have too many steps to take care of. So people not only know that you exist, but they’re listening to what you have to say. What do you think you need next? Well, if you’re not an idiot, then you can just read my title and tell straight up. If not, then that’s what. Now you don’t just want to be heard, but you want people to agree with you, or at least be ready to engage you in a conversation. If it’s that first one, then great, you’re done for now. If it’s the second one, then don’t fret. Dialogs are positively not bad things. Bouncing ideas off of other people, gathering more knowledge, and gaining insight can only help make you a better person. That’s the problem with the voting population, at least here and in the U.K. Immediately after the latter’s vote to leave the European Union, Google pointed out a skyrocket in the number of people asking their search engine what the EU even was. That’s right, despite the fact that this vote was in the news for the weeks on my side of the Atlantic, and I knew about it without being generally well-informed, people who were actually going to be deciding this didn’t know. These are people whose opinions you should not listen to, and who do not deserve your validation. That vote was obviously a sham, not to mention the fact that it was a ludicrous proposition in the first place. It’s completely backwards, we should be moving towards tighter unity, not greater nationalism. I digress. As I’ve tried to get you to understand before, do not be afraid to be wrong. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Isaac Asimov. He said, “people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” This is obviously a joke, but it’s also on point. What’s worse than being wrong is being wrong but knowing “for sure” that you’re right. If you’re in a position where people are listening to your ideas, then you have an obligation to make those ideas informed and well thought out. Learn from mistakes, change your mind, admit your ignorance and lack of education. It’ll be worse for you when people find out anyway.


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