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Coyness is nice, and
Coyness can stop you
From saying all the things in
Life you’d like to

The Smiths – Ask

Being the contrarian that I am, a position I’ve adopted previously in opposition to something becomes, at some stage, the thing I need to oppose. It’s a bit like how the earth’s magnetic field periodically flips. (It’s not really like that, is it?)

So having declared myself for years not to be the kind of person who does New Year’s resolutions, I’ve decided to set myself some New Year’s resolutions.

My main resolution is not to be so backward in coming forward

Self-awareness is a wonderful thing but it’s meant that I’ve held back from joining in discussions and debates because 1. I’ve been over-diplomatic and haven’t wanted to contradict someone, even when they’re clearly talking nonsense, and 2. I want to be sure that I have at least a modicum of experience and evidence behind my contributions.

But it’s been frustrating seeing people being venerated because they’ve managed to fool enough people with the confidence in their own ill-informed opinions and baseless declarations of how things should be. To be fair, I don’t think this is necessarily deliberate; I just think the Dunning–Kruger effect is in full force.

So in the spirit of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’, I’m going to self-censor less and wade in a bit more. I have no doubt that I’ll sometimes say the wrong thing but I’m confident that the people I associate with will put me right. And I’m big enough and old enough to be happy to change my opinion in the face of persuasive argument.