Subtitle: Or, at the least, I think I believe
Sub-subtitle: Or, at the most, I believe I know
Sub-sub-subtitle: Principles of Engaging “the Other” (i.e., anyone who doesn’t think like me), 8 of 9
Self-Examination. My ability and willingness to engage in self-criticism, grounded in an awareness that I do not possess all truth, but only my own truth; that is, my sense of things, my perceptions of reality, and, at best, my understanding of the meaning and destiny of my life.
© 2021 PRA
2 thoughts on “Some things I have learned #39”
Paul I think we all need this post as we begin the last week of the year. Isn’t the best way to start the New Year with self-reflection? Who better to know what to prepare for in the coming months than ourselves??
I think that you’re right about “(w)ho better to know what to prepare for in the coming months than ourselves.” At least, I think that this applies to me, BUT only if and when I contemplate what I desire in the face of all the things I would not or do not desire. For my “wants” I can name and, in being able to name them, I, to a degree, can plan to fulfill them. However, when I think about how to prepare for my life in the coming year, there is far, far more outside of my control. Circumstance. Chance. Either and both beyond my command. Even when I contemplate my choices in the face of circumstance and chance, I, largely, am responding to life as it presents itself.
This said, when I write here about self-examination, I am thinking about my capacity to critique my suppositions about what I think I know to be true. In this, I am able (and I pray willing, for, truth be told, I’m not always willing) to supplant what I had believed to be true when presented with evidence to the contrary.