If you lived 10,000 years ago, life really sucked.
You were likely born on a small farm. Infant mortality was high. If you were lucky enough to survive to adolescence, you would live a few decades scratching out just enough food from the mud to avoid starvation.
Then you died.
If women survived to the age of puberty, they would have to give birth successfully 5 times just to keep the population from shrinking. About 5% of men lived past the age of 50.
The smallest mistake could be fatal.
You might never read a book. Never experience art or live sport. Never set foot in a city. And never travel more than a few miles from your farm.
It’s how most people lived before the industrial revolution.
Today, we’re writing this with the sum total of human knowledge at our fingertips. Robots send us pictures of sunsets on Mars. Cities rise and expand around us seemingly overnight. We can travel almost anywhere in the world in less than a day.
More and more resources means getting things wrong isn’t fatal anymore. Being open to being wrong has become one of our greatest opportunities. In life, and in how we communicate and interact.
Access to an abundance of information, points of view and each other is a privilege. Misinformation spreads, in part, because we’re obsessed with being right all the time. Especially online.
We’re privileged and we’re all a little wrong, at least some of the time.
Let’s all consider being wrong sometimes, so we can thrive–together.