“In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”
From a very young age, we are taught to value being right. I think we have all experienced the painful, sinking feeling of being wrong and the empowering rush of being right. While there is no doubt that knowledge is powerful, there is no good reason for our self-worth to be contingent on the amount of knowledge that we possess. Still, I often wish that I knew everything even though I know that my love of being right affects my relationships and robs me of the joy of the learning from others.
I went to a Hebrew day school when I was very young and half the class spoke Hebrew at home. We would play a game every day that required translating Hebrew sentences…
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