The Futility of Trying to Convince the World

By Adam J. Pearson

If you try to convince the world of everything, you’ll always be exhausted. There will always be those who disagree with you and refuse to listen to what you have to share, let alone to assent to it.  Therefore, it is futile and unproductive to continue trying to convince everyone to accept the views that you currently find most persuasive.

Just clarify the matter for yourself and express it as clearly as you can. Use the feedback from others to refine your views, but don’t be frustrated if others hold fast to their own positions. You have no power over their views, but you can keep your own flexible, adaptable, and open to new evidence and better arguments.

Your brain is malleable; let your thoughts be too.

Related Reflections:

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

                                                                                                                                                Epictetus 

A scientist’s aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade, but to clarify.

                                                                                                                                                Leo Szilard

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.

                                                                                                                                      Bertrand Russell

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.

                                                                                                                                                Epictetus

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.

                                                                                                                                     Marianne Moore

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

                                                                                                                                                Epictetus

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