How important is it for me to be right?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Never met a carrot I didn't like

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  2. Why I oughta ...

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  3. Having a good discussion is more important than being right

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  4. What's the problem? I'm alway right so get over it.

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  5. Tuna Noodle Casserole is NEVER right!

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  6. Would you rather be right or left (by yourself)

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  7. People who always have to right are wrong

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  8. I hate myself but if people would just listen to me I could straighten them out

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  9. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

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  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    Hi, I know I am a horrible poet in fact I don't even know if you could call this poetry. I did have a lot of fun writing it.

    How important is it for me to be right?

    If you are wrong does it fill me with delight?

    If I look foolish do I lay awake at night?

    No of course not I just turn out the light

    Why get prideful when I know that's not too bright?

    I always lose when I take the bait and fight

    It’s my ego that makes me tense and uptight

    If you disagree should I consider it a sleight?

    Nah, it’s better when we laugh and just say alright

    I would rather thank you for your interesting insight

    Enjoy your day be free happy and sleep well tonight
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  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Eh, I gave up years ago on always having to be right.
    There's a good compromise in there that I typically find.
    I'm with Dr. Phil, there are times when I'd rather be happy than right.

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  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Me being right is less important than the correct/right answer being known by everyone involved. The standards by which we determine what's correct/right matter even more than that. It's best to believe as many true things and as few false things as possible. Sometimes that means hurt feelings. That's okay.
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  4. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Well, you were right about one thing.
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  5. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    You are wrong about everything.
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  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Anyone who has to be right is someone I don't want to associate with. NO ONE is right all the time. And people who think they are tend to be insufferable.

    I constantly propose ideas at work and open the topic up to all the folks who work with me. I may be the supervisor, but I don't exist in a vacuum and i need input from people who see other parts of the world and the work process. I try to be open to changing my mind at all times.
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  7. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    I nominate this post for the weekly Columbo award.
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  8. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    I'm not always right. But I'm certainly never wrong. ;)
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  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    As Daniel Boone is reported to have said “I've never been lost, but I was mighty turned around for three days once.”
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  10. ASQTec

    ASQTec Above Average Supporting Member

    May 2, 2010
    Striving towards a higher level of self awareness will correct the need to be right all the time. It's a requirement for personal growth.
  11. fingerguy

    fingerguy Inactive

    Aug 2, 2016
    Look I grew up with a mom and 2 sisters, I have 3 nieces, an ex-wife plus a daughter, and now engaged. I haven't been right since I don't know when. So in my case none of your options will work for me.
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  12. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    I value being correct more than being right.

    The distinction for me, is this:

    Being correct in my presentation, attitude and facts.
    Being right is often an ideal more than an empirical state.
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  13. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Better than being left, I reckon...
  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    If I believe the earth is the center of the universe and you and I can't take a ride out there to prove me wrong, then I'm right. Math and all that other mumbo jumbo only proves we can fill a lot of blank pages with figures and symbols. If you can't show me you are right then you also can't prove I'm wrong, which by default means I'm right.

    Seems simple enough to me. :D
  15. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    different people have different experiences in life, which lead to different opinions
    what bugs me is when another feels like their opinion on something overrides your differing opinion

    as long as you can respect my opinion on something & not ridicule my choices, we're fine
    as soon as it turns into a mocking type of argument, I'm done
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  16. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I once thought I was mistaken...........but I was mistaken
  17. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
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  18. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Hypocognitive Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    Nice pome, Jerome :)
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    If loving you is right, I don't want to be right.
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  20. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    I believe I'm right in saying that I believe I'm right.
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