I have a drinking bottle that I got a couple of years ago. I believe my sister gave it to me. It simply says: “What if you’re right, and they are wrong?”
Being right isn’t always a good thing. Sometimes you wish to be wrong. I certainly wish to be wrong on some things that I believe are in store for all of us, because these things will neither be easy nor pretty.
The good thing about trying to be right or wrong about the future is that the future isn’t set in stone. Sometimes even the past isn’t - at least it seems that way. We should rejoice in the fact that we can make things right, right now. We can right our previous wrongs and try to do the right thing right now so that the future will steer itself in the right direction.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
It is important to remind yourself that you might be wrong. Humility is the foundation of all virtues, they say. Even Confucius reminds us that “to acknowledge our incapacity is the way to be soon prepared to teach others; for from the moment that a man is no longer full of himself, nor puffed up with empty pride, whatever good he learns in the morning he practices before night.”
- German translation by Der Geier
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