INTELLECTUAL HUMILITY AND THE PURSUIT OF WISDOM. “Don’t believe everything you think.”
Wisdom requires courage and humility to receive and consider new facts, opinions and perspectives, even when they challenge long and deeply held beliefs.
People who have no core beliefs or surrender them to every stiff breeze have neither honor nor integrity. We must have and be faithful to our principles. We must be willing to advocate for core beliefs.
On the other hand, we must remember that all our beliefs are essentially opinions as to what is true and the the intensity of our convictions does not increase the likelihood that we are right. Sincerity is a demonstration of honesty, not objective truth.
It is important to stay aware of the thin line between passionate self-confidence and self-righteousness. Self-righteousness prevents intellectual and emotional growth.
Integrity requires much more than reflexive and adamant defense of previously formed beliefs. Integrity requires ongoing reflection placing a higher value on wisdom than “being right.”