Growing up, one of my least favorite arguments from my parents had to the the "Because I Say So!" It ended any discussion, and provided for no more negotiation. Over. Done.
A handful of folks read my weekly columns and misunderstand the intent. They see me arguing for or against something, and then are upset with me for my smugness and sense of superiority. They are angry at me for always thinking I'm right!
But I'm not. And I don't usually think I'm right, I merely have the courage of my convictions that I'm headed in the right direction. That doesn't mean that I may not come to a complete halt somewhere along the way, or even make a 180 degree turn and head back up the path.
There have been times in my life that I have been right, and just as many when I have been wrong. That is the very nature of life: we don't know all the answers, and seldom know the right questions. The God I worship gives me every tool and all the assistance I need to make the right decisions; however, I am truly a fallible human, and I often misunderstand His guidance and inspiration. But, I know and accept that I am not perfect. My problem comes with those that cannot see that they make mistakes, or have ever been wrong.
There are many in the world who, because of pride, hubris or simply naivete, fail to acknowledge that they have made a mistake, or have made an error in judgement. These are the folks who have told me that I left a name off of a story they submitted, even when I have their original handwritten copy that does NOT include that name.
On television, we are presented with liberal and conservative commentators who seem to present themselves as the most perfect human beings on the face of the earth. They will report stories as fact when they are based only upon spiteful innuendo. When confronted with evidence that they are wrong, they attempt to destroy the reputation of the person offering the evidence, rather than accepting and admitting that they are wrong. I have a special place in my heart for these folks!
Of course, there are some topics where people absolutely refuse to admit they might be wrong. We all know the admonition against discussing religion and politics, as too many people are absolutely certain that the ideas they have and the beliefs they hold on those topics are irrefutable. And yet, like the old joke cautions, if every religion thinks its the only one going to heaven, there are going to be an awful lot of people heading the other way!
So, to those who think I trumpet my imagined superiority by always saying I'm right, you're wrong. I might be wrong about some things, but on this topic, I can assure you, you are wrong.
Now, it's your turn. Listen to yourself the next time you have a conversation and ask yourself if your discussing something, or preaching as if your opinion were Gospel. Ask yourself if you have recently, or ever, acknowledged that you make mistakes. That you misspeak. That you do or say things that you should not have done.
Once we all do that, I think we're going to be a lot closer to actually finding the right answers. To making the right decisions. To heading down the right paths.
It’s all just my opinion, but it’s what I wish would happen.