AI: Why everyone else is wrong
Ugh. I have a headache. I’m so sick of everyone else being wrong. Even more, I’m so sick of everyone not realizing that I’m always right.
Excuse me, but why the hell would I SAY SOMETHING if it were wrong? Why would I write it for everyone to see? Why would I put it out there to be criticized where I would look bad? Why would I misinform people?
I wouldn’t do those things. Because being wrong is awful. It’s probably the very worst thing you can be. I’m very fortunate to be me. Because other people in the world, namely everyone, are wrong a lot. They’re wrong probably every day. I can’t even imagine how awful that must be… to be wrong. I mean, sometimes I change my mind, but usually that’s because the facts changed, not because I was wrong to begin with. It may look like the facts were there the whole time, but if it looks like that to you, you’re just seeing it wrong. Like remember the time that God meticulously layered fossils to match what we would later think was “proof” that he didn’t exist in an attempt to test our faith? It’s like that. Sometimes facts change. Retroactively. That really happens. It’s a fact. A forever fact, not one of those changey facts.
But what’s especially frustrating is when people just refuse to understand how right I am. If I were wrong, I’d tell you. I’d know because I know lots of right things, so if you were right that I was wrong, I would know it. And I don’t know it. Because IT’S NOT TRUE. So stop trying to correct me.
Now, I’m sure you think you’re right about something. Or you think someone else is wrong about something. Or maybe you had to re-assess your rightness recently. It happens… the last one less that the first two, but sometimes that happens, too.
How do you feel about being wrong? Do you lie and say things like “I like being wrong. It’s how I learn.”? Do you mean that? Because I can imagine what it must feel like to be wrong, and I imagine it probably feels bad. Do you ever meet people who think they’re right like me but are actually nothing like me and are wrong a lot? How do you deal with them? Are you right like me? What’s the wrongest thing you’ve thought you were right about?
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