The certitude of being right

Among the human beings, the certitude of being right is quite widespread. The other non human creatures simply ‘are’ right (always) because they completely belong to the natural order. Sometimes, believing to be right is dangerous. Sometimes it is a disease. And you know what we are talking about. Would you possibly deny that you think you’re absolutely right (and all the others are asbsolutely wrong) at least once a day? Would you maybe negate that you value your opinions much more than the ones of the others?

Don’t you worry: this is not the undisputable evidence of an arrogance on your side. The certitude of being right is just a natural propensity of all the human beings. Thus, when somebody elaborates a standpoint, he is (and he should be) very likely to consider it right. In fact, he believes his idea is valid because it is the fruit of his own, honest, tiresome elaboration. Then, his opinion ‘must’ coincide with the truth because it is his beloved ‘mental child’. That is an understandable mental process. After all, if it weren’t like that, our believes would prove insufficient to resist the attacks of everyday life.

In Beatles‘ 1969 song “Help” (see the SONGS section of this site) the lyrics say <But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured / Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors>. Very often when we are young we think we’re always right. Then we grow up and we understand that it is quite rare to be right!


We must trust our ‘mind’s products’ otherwise we wouldn’t be able to confront the others’. We must stand for our convictions. It is part of life! But this is where things become interesting. It is good to be convinced of one’s personal thoughts but it is not so good never to be able to change one’s mind.

Well, you certainly met hard-headed subjects in your life. Now, are you 100% sure not to be equally inflexible? No problem, there is a natural stubborness when one has to defend his own ideas. At the same time, never changing ideas and convictions is testimony of a serious lack of READINESS, adaptability and elasticity.

Let’s be clear here – any proneness to swift mind-changing is equally undesirable and it is only the opposite of excessive rigidity. We are talking now of persons always intaking and ingesting other people’s ideas without evaluation, criticism and judgment. They’re easy to accept other people’s stances and therefore they behave like dead recipients not like mature individuals.

In short, changing ideas too many times and too frequently is proof of a certain mental confusion and/or of a certain easiness in being influenced by the others.


Well, all the above-mentioned opinions are just opinions. You’re free to agree with them or reject them. Your call!