In a recent video by youtube philosopher SisyphusRedeemed called, “You Have No Idea How Wrong You Are” he discusses the egotistical ways of how humans view ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Initially his views seem pessimistic. He talks about how humans are the #1 species for getting things wrong, meaning we have a way of producing way more wrong results than right ones. Furthermore, explaining the concept of Pessimistic Induction which is the self-centered belief that even though great scientists have tried to figure out the world’s workings and failed, we believe we are better now due to our current successes. He breaks it down to parts of the brain and how the cerebral cortex reacts to certain things differently. He also mentions case studies like the Dunning-Kruger effect that compares actual test results with how we they “think” they did. Most believed they did really well (but failed) and only a few were close or modest of their results. SisyphusRedeemed goes on to say how our level of happiness is also affected by our egocentric views claiming those who win the lottery vs those who are paralyzed from the waist down exhibit the same amount of happiness.
It all seems extremely cynical of our population but he wonderfully wraps it up by explaining, “Even if we can’t get it right, we can be less wrong.” Individuals can go through life learning about themselves and other things rather than just being finite. To him, it is a miracle to be ever-changing beings.
Personally, I agree. I think a person’s journey towards a better life is more important than the actual destination. Being “wrong” is just one step closer to discovering your fullest potential. The cliche quote about, “Life is a Journey” has some validation. We go through life working towards a destination, but our true happiness comes from overcoming those obstacles. To get that promotion. To earn that trip to Thailand. To hit rock bottom and then rise above it. To create your own business. Those are the journeys worth achieving. To be finite, is “limiting.” And to be limiting is no goal of mine.