everything you leave out without realizing it.
- If you ignore negativity, you’re are positive.
- If you ignore positivity, you’re negative.
- If you ignore the external, you’re introverted.
- If you ignore the internal, you’re extraverted.
- If you ignore the theoretical, you’re practical.
- If you ignore the practical, you’re theoretical.
- If you ignore the facts, you’re assuming.
- If you ignore the assumptions, you’re operating from the facts.
When you look at your own hand, you can see different levels of detail depending on how close you look and how much time you’ve spent learning to “see”. The mental model of that hand is extremely different if looked at by a toddler or a skilled artist. The toddler sees five fingers. The skilled artists sees four fingers, a thumb, rough proportions, the deviations in shape of the fingers, the smooth/roughness of the skin, the wrinkles and lines, the level of manicure on the nails. the skin tone and the hues, the freckles, the veins, the ligaments and shape of the knuckles. By comparison, the toddlers simple model of the hand is defined by all the things he is lacking in comparison to the artist.
The question is, does the artists mental model of a hand lack anything?
The answer is “We can never know.”
For the most complex subjects, no one will ever have a “complete model”. These are things like economics, politics, how to organize a business, how to live your life, your purpose, what is art and more. However, the fact that we know our mental models will never be perfect is an opportunity to reflect on all the things we miss, incorporate new information and disregard outdated concepts. This is a skill in the same way the artist had to teach himself how to see all those details in a hand in order to be able to draw or paint it. Changing your mind isn’t a weakness if it helps you frame the subject in a new way.