The nuance of reality

If you believe that something is good, it’s easy to find evidence to support your view.

Similarly, if you believe that something is bad, it’s to easy to find evidence to support that view.

In other words, our tendency is to draw conclusions and then look for evidence to support those conclusions.

Reality, however, is much more nuanced. Most good things have bad characteristics and most bad things have good characteristics.

So seeing reality calls for the reverse approach. We first need to look for evidence along different dimensions and then draw dimension-specific conclusions based on this evidence.

Almost inevitably, some evidence will support a good view along certain dimensions and other evidence will support a bad view along other dimensions. That’s the nuance of reality.


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