A negative approach to learning

I am constantly amazed by how often I see this. People who seem to want to learn by proving other people wrong, or by beligerantly trying to prove that whatever they have come to believe is absolutely right.

Learning, developing is incredibly enjoyable to me. Talking to people, listening to other viewpoints and the summaries of experiences and haven’t had, and maybe won’t.

It is very wearying to deal with people who seem to think knowledge is a pissing contest, that at some point someone has to be “right” and someone “wrong”. More often than not they are looking to try and justify what they do, and the fact that they don’t like it, or don’t try particularly hard at it.

I have been wrong many many times. I will be wrong a million times more. Being wrong is a far better way to learn than believing you are always right.

Rant over.

1 Comment A negative approach to learning

  1. Paragon

    ..I’m gaining knowledge…let’s say so. And your blog is very helpful… well..brain doesn’t work right now..but I’m just surfing…and aknowledging that some day I should read read read more…..

    but I like what I read…
    I don’t mind being wrong…it just means that I have found out something new and more useful, I have developed, and am not standing still….

    ..and talking to people is fun…. I like asking questions, collecting opinions..I mean I don’t know all….one guy, a regular, one day said he doesn’t like the espresso blend because it is too oily….I don’t really understand it at this point, but it will be one of the challenges that I’m looking forward to to figure out and offer him an alternative to what he is having all the time..for a long time already …….

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