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Blog: When Being Right is Wrong

Many of my friends will tell you that I am extremely confident. Some of them will even tell you that I have a big ego.

I have one thing to say to these people: You are right.

The issue stems from the fact that I think I am correct about nearly everything.

In EHAP my sophomore year, I would blindly guess when called upon. Political discussion to this day can be detrimental to some of my friendships. Discussions of book themes are not endless roads of fun for my companions when I am involved. Mine is the only right way.

The funny thing is, I can be receptive when I want to be.

Sometimes I think I am right just because I decide to pursue a debate with someone. Sometimes I think I am right because I am too stubborn to change. Most frequently though, I think I am right because my intentions are good. Apparently, this doesn’t always come across to people.

For those of you that still think I am a jerk, here are a few things you should understand:

I don’t know why I do this. I can’t help it and my intentions are never bad. I have done this since I have been able to speak.

I am not putting you down when I disagree with you. I aim to attack the idea, not the person.

I refuse to believe that other people don’t hold themselves in the same way. I can’t even begin to imagine a world where everyone else doesn’t want to promote their opinions. Apparently, I am one of the few people I know that feels the need to promote my ideas on every subject.

I don’t believe in the status quo. I think there is always room for improvement. If this means I have to butt heads in order to raise issues, I will do that.

Do I understand that I need to change? Yes.

Do I understand that even more people probably now think I am a pretentious person? Yes.

That doesn’t mean I am ready to stop being right.

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Becca Brownlee

Becca is a senior at East and this is her second semester on the Harbinger. She is the Online Assistant Editor and enjoys politics, journalism and watching college basketball. Read Full »

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