Getting another perspective
Is not an indication that you don’t trust your own
But that you appreciate the benefit of another set of eyes and ears
Looking at something that’s not so obvious to see
And listening in on a conversation that we could have misunderstood.
It becomes tricky when we believe that we that we have seen all there is to see
Or when the loudest voice is our own
Surrounding ourselves with voices and ideas that confirm what we already know.
The greatest potential for new insights into complex situations
Come from people who are familiar enough for us to trust
But different enough to have an opinion that might not be the same as our own.
So when it comes to getting a second opinion,
The worst thing we could do is to get one from someone just like us
Because then our ideas are rarely ever challenged,
Our blind spots never really accounted for.
It could just be that the people with whom we disagree with most
Provide the checks and balances to our own biases and hidden attitudes
Without whom we are locked in to our own train of thought.
Diversity of thought must be insisted upon
And not paid lip service to.
Who’s your second opinion?