Fallibility is Human and Necessary for Change Essay

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There is not a single person who has avoided being wrong throughout his or her entire life, or maybe even day. But also, nobody, or at least very few, accept fallibility as tolerable. Throughout history, there have been people who refuse to be wrong, and it often has lead to despondency. Although everyone wants to be right, fallibility is a necessary step to avoiding harm and improving the world. Nobody wants to be wrong. It is associated with “shame, stupidity, ignorance, indolence, psychopathology, and moral degeneracy” (Schulz). Also, as people, we revel in other’s wrongness as much as we do our own accuracy, which has created an environment in which being wrong is unnerving to the point of a possible, legitimate fear. But not only is …show more content…
There is not a single person who has avoided being wrong throughout his or her entire life, or maybe even day. But also, nobody, or at least very few, accept fallibility as tolerable. Throughout history, there have been people who refuse to be wrong, and it often has lead to despondency. Although everyone wants to be right, fallibility is a necessary step to avoiding harm and improving the world. Nobody wants to be wrong. It is associated with “shame, stupidity, ignorance, indolence, psychopathology, and moral degeneracy” (Schulz). Also, as people, we revel in other’s wrongness as much as we do our own accuracy, which has created an environment in which being wrong is unnerving to the point of a possible, legitimate fear. But not only is our society giving us the fear of being wrong, life is. Our existence is dependent on making accurate conclusions (Schulz). If humans couldn’t make accurate conclusions, then death would be upon each person extremely prematurely; therefore, a fear of being wrong is completely legitimate, but it is also mildly vacuous. Everyone is wrong at some point. Augustine said, “fallor ergo sum” which means “I err therefore I am” (Schulz). Being wrong is not only apart of who we are, but it also makes us into who we are. Fallibility is human and makes each person whom he or she is. It can allow us to change our worldviews, learn, and look through a “window into normal human nature”. Of course though, a sense of omniscience is seemingly the natural