I have read any number of posts on various blogs about choosing a word to guide one’s journey through the year. Grace, release, gratitude, humility, mindfulness, etc. All very excellent words but not ones that necessarily speak to me. Also, I tend to suck mightily at following someone else’s plan — KALs, exchanges, I may sign up but I quickly forget. Also, I tend to lag behind everyone else in getting on board in the first place, for example, this one-word thing.
But then I read Jocelyn’s post and her #6 resonated with me.
Avoid the pitfalls of confirmation bias.
This is an election year, and I know I will find myself talking politics. Plus, I am running for county board (again; if I win, this will be my fourth term), so I KNOW I will be talking local politics. Confirmation bias is easy to fall into, and the internet makes it even easier. I only follow Twitterers who lean left, I read blogs of people who seem to have mindsets similar to mine, I avoid Facebookers who harp on religion and carp about immigrants, I gave up my subscription to the Wall Street Journal and substituted one to the Washington Post, etc., etc., etc.
So. In 2016 I shall endeavor to broaden my
outlook information intake: avoid confirmtion bias. In the immortal words of Ray Magliozzi (of Car Talk on NPR), What can it hoit?