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Doubt is Better Than Certainty

This essay by Milton Glaser offers a treasure trove of wisdom gleaned from a life working in design. Take for example this gem:



Everyone always talks about confidence in believing what you do. I remember once going to a class in yoga where the teacher said that, spirituality speaking, if you believed that you had achieved enlightenment you have merely arrived at your limitation. I think that is also true in a practical sense. Deeply held beliefs of any kind prevent you from being open to experience, which is why I find all firmly held ideological positions questionable. It makes me nervous when someone believes too deeply or too much. I think that being sceptical and questioning all deeply held beliefs is essential. Of course we must know the difference between scepticism and cynicism because cynicism is as much a restriction of one’s openness to the world as passionate belief is. They are sort of twins. And then in a very real way, solving any problem is more important than being right.

I hope to be able to write an essay like that in 30 years.

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  1. Advice for Design and Life, From Milton Glaser » Lone Gunman said,

    June 3, 2009 @ 12:23 am

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