Greek orator-Demosthenes

“The easiest thing of all is to deceive oneself; for we believe whatever we want to believe.” 

GREEK ORATOR-DEMOSTHENES

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The interesting origin:

Apelles of Kos, one of the famous painters of Ancient Greece, often brought his paintings to the village square to gain some real-time feedback. On one of these occasions, a shoemaker noted the sandals on a character in the painting and criticized their shape.

Apelles took note of the feedback and changed the painting. When he brought it back to the public square, the shoemaker then began to critique other aspects of the painting. To which Apelles replied, supra crepidam sutor iudicaret” , meaning “do not judge anything apart from the sandals".

Latin word ultra -beyond, and crepida -a sandal

The ultracrepidarians

Ultracrepidarian is a person who offers opinion beyond their knowledge.

Opinions combined with Ignorance is a Dangerous Combination!!

Why do people feel compelled to offer advice when they’re clearly not qualified?

Daniel Patrick Moynihan said “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”

And yet we’re surrounded by people who seem unable to differentiate between the two.

Takeaways
  • Are you trying to help someone do what’s best for them or promote your own agenda?
  • Are you trying to help others on their own journey or are you looking to inflate your own ego?
  • Are you working in absolutes, never or always, or do you recognize that life includes much more nuance?
Be skeptical but be scientific

Ultracrepidarians hate science. They hate evidence. It exposes their opinions for what they are — mere opinions without the knowledge or experience to support them.

Science demands skepticism. It may start with an opinion, but no opinion is allowed to continue without test.

Mark twain

“We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking.”

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Arguing for our opinions

The problem with the statement “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that it's used to protect beliefs that should've been given up. It is a damaging element of public discourse for someone to say and think what they like, but you are somehow disrespectful if you continue to argue.

Ultimately, we are only entitled to what we can argue for.

Each day, we automatically make thousands of choices, from what time to wake up to what to eat.

The problem with this automatic processing is that there are instances when we jump to conclusions that are wrong. 

What's The Point Of Playtime?

Scientists take play seriously. For decades, psychologists, evolutionary biologists, and animal behaviorists, among others, have labored to understand the playful mind.

Schools and parents alike should give children the time and opportunity to find their personal play styles. Play should be voluntary and enjoyable, not part of a high-stakes child-improvement plan. 

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