The zen of making errors, somewhere there is a ray of hope

Monday, 6 September, 2010

A new book by US journalist and writer Kathryn Schulz, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, urges us to see our – hopefully not too momentous – mistakes as a sign of hope, hope that we will get it right next time, rather than as abject failure.

To be wrong, after all, is to depart from the facts into creativity, to become artists in our own lives. Error may feel like despair, but it is more akin to hope: “We get things wrong because we have an enduring confidence in our own minds; and we face up to that wrongness in the faith that, having learned something, we will get it right next time.”

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