A Series of Unfortunate Assumptions

Here’s an interesting talk from Ted.com by journalist, author, and public speaker Kathryn Schulz. The title is “On Being Wrong” and there’s so much to recommend about what she has to say. It’s about how we see the world and ourselves, and how completely wrong we usually are. It’s also about becoming conscious—always of interest to Jungians.

“Because, unlike God, we don’t really know what’s going on out there. And unlike all of the other animals, we are obsessed with trying to figure it out. To me, this obsession is the source and root of all of our productivity and creativity.”

“I thought this one thing was going to happen and something else happened instead.” This one quote seems to sum up most of what happens to us. It reminds me of a quote from the Dalai Lama, when asked whether he gets angry: “Something happens. It isn’t what you expected. Anger arises. But, you know, it doesn’t have to be a problem.”

You can find a ton of great talks to watch and listen to on Ted.com.

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