Your car keys are always in the last place you look... because after you find them, you stop looking. But, what happens if the keys you find don’t actually start your car?
Humans are pattern seeking animals. We find patterns where patterns exist (“I’ve heard this song before”), but we also find patterns where they do not (“What was that noise? A ghost calling my name? Or just the wind?”). This tendency can help us make sense of our world if we find and understand the real patterns. It can also lead us away from reality if we accept the false patterns as true.
When you’re looking for your car keys, and you find a set of keys that look like yours (you’ve found a pattern), how do you know for sure that they are YOUR keys? You check to see if they will start your car. The simple things in life are easy to test. Not all things are so simple though.
In politics, economics, ethics, etc., things are much more complex. But even with all of the added complexity, many people are as sure of their position on any given issue as they are that the keys they found on the coffee table will start their car, despite the fact that many of them haven’t taken much time to learn about the issue in question.
If you know that you don’t have your keys, you keep looking. But if you THINK that you’ve found your keys, you stop looking. If the keys you’ve found won’t start your car, it would be better for you and for everyone if you realized your mistake, got rid of that set of keys, and
started looking for the right ones. It’s OK to be wrong, but it’s not OK to stay wrong. Check your