The Truth About Conventional Wisdom

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Ever wonder whether you listen to conventional wisdom?

I just shared my thoughts on this over at Here’s a snippet for you…

Conventional wisdom is, by default, drawn out of the mass experience of people…

Mass-experience translates to commonality, to averages, to medians.  When you live your life based on conventional-wisdom, then, it stands to reason you can expect to live a conventional, average, middle-of-the-road life.

Question is—is that what you want?

Theodore Roosevelt wrote:

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

All too often, conventional wisdom leads to Roosevelt’s “gray twilight.”

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2 responses to “The Truth About Conventional Wisdom”

  1. I disagree with that definition of conventional wisdom.
    It’s not the average or distilled wisdom of the crowd. It’s more about our individual assessments of how others would react.
    Conventional wisdom is what we think others would do in the same situations whether it actually turns out to be true or not.

    For example when you’re choosing new clothes to buy you’re assessing how much you like them but also implicitly how you think others will react to what you’re wearing – particularly if it deviates from current fashions.

    The sentiment of the article is a good one though – if you’re thinking about how others behave, you should also be asking yourself why you should behave that way.


  2. I don’t really agree with this, I think it just depends of the person giving the “wisdom”.