21 Aug '11, 6pm

Gratefully Giving Up My Opinion

Gratefully Giving Up My Opinion

For having lived long, I have experiences many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise. -Benjamin Franklin One lesson that I didn’t expect to learn from focusing on receiving is how little opinions actually matter. This is surprising, as I have long relied on my early discovery that I could find my ground by learning how to express what I thought. For dozens of years, I learned and understood my thoughts by talking about them. I grew up trusting that a well-constructed argument was enough to change minds or at least policies. It wasn’t just well-chosen words, but recognizing the power of speaking them to the right person that increased my belief in the power of my point of view. Yet the success that I experienced in knowing and expressing ...

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