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wrong! :)

I used to hate
learning I was wrong.
It meant I wasn’t perfect,
which sucked
(I thought).

Since reading
The Other America,
I’ve been journeying toward
a different view

The Other America explained that
many middle- and upper-class Americans
can’t conceive
of the vastness of suffering
borne of American poverty
because, quite simply,
poverty and its
horrifying
consequences
are invisible
to them

(they know
no poor people,
and certainly not
many)

That made me wonder:

What’s
invisible
to me?

Since I started
asking the question,
I’ve come to love learning
I was wrong.

(I almost always am,
as it happens!)

‘Cause,
as sung
in a Disney musical,
that means I
can finally
change

and maybe,
just maybe,
do better
(, wiser,
kinder)
tomorrow
because of what
I learned
to see
today

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  1. June 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Yes.
    I am often wrong – but there are few things I will insist on. So I am still learning, and ready to change.
    Which is a strength and not a weakness.

    • June 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      So true! I often remember a male acquaintance complaining that “women are always changing their minds.” I’d contest this statement on many fronts, but the one relevant here is the idea that constancy and stability are innately, clearly beneficial. Shouldn’t minds change when confronted with new information? Shouldn’t we stop believing things it no longer makes sense–in light of new data, and even understanding–to believe?!

  1. June 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

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