As Wise as Socrates

We tend to be too impressed by those that are the most certain that they are correct in their opinions.  “Flip floppers” in politics are openly derided by supporters and the media.  

However, it feels like we would be wise to begin looking for those that are open minded and a little less sure that their opinion is correct or complete.  The freedom, and willingness, to change our mind allows for innovation and wiser decision making.

There is an old story about Socrates.  When a friend returned to Athens with news that the Oracle at Delphi had stated that Socrates was the wisest man in Athens.  Socrates set out to dispute the claim.  To him, it was not possible that he was the wisest.  

He went about seeking evidence of someone wiser than himself.  There were interviews of philosophers, playwrights, politicians, physicians, poets, scientists and teachers.  In the end, Socrates came back to his friend to say that the Oracle may be correct.  He may be the wisest man in Athens because he alone was prepared to admit his own ignorance rather than pretend to know something he did not.

Allow yourself the freedom to be like Socrates.  Demand it of your colleagues, friends and leaders.  We will find our best possible future far more quickly and easily.

Just my opinion.  What do you think?

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