Monday, March 03, 2008

The O.C.

No, not for Orange County, or anything even remotely connected to California or the tv show itself.

More of a recent comment claiming that I am overconfident, and that it should not really be practiced.

To be fair, I do believe firmly in a lot of things that I do say. This is to say, before actually taking a major stand on an issue, I do make sure that it is grounded in realities that would emphasise the point. My opinions, certainly on race, religion, politics and a lot of other things, are mainly based on my first hand experience that I...err, experience. Where possible, I tend to research and to find out more. When I do research, I approach from the position of, "How can I be wrong?" That is to say, I become my own troubleshooter.

Or at least try to.

When we're in the position of being us, and of believing in us, sometimes we...I do get blinded. I do get facts and figures wrong. I do get refuted big time, knocked down by opposing views and realities. I'm reminded a lot of John Milton Keynes, the economist that I had studied so much of (and hated a fair amount as well) at college. It was he who bravely and infamously (take your pick) changed his mind on a particular economic model. "When the facts change, I change my mind," he spoke out under the heavy weather of criticism. "What about you, sir?"

I'd like to think that, in the face of credible evidence, I, too, am able to change. After all, we're human beings; the ability to change and evolve into better people involves the passage rite of being wrong.

But until then, I do stick firmly to what I believe in, to the solutions that I believe can change things, and to the hypothesis that, ultimately, we can all do things in our own respective ways to improve all the aspects of the world; in religion, in politics, in race, and in culture.

In that, I have full confidence in. Or maybe it's over-confidence speaking.

Anybody know where to draw the line?

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