The Value of Good Ideas

Fear to speak our mind tends to stifle and suffocate good ideas and give bad ideas and wilful ignorance free rein.

It is also worth mentioning that bad ideas have an unfortunate tendency to self-replicate much faster than good ones. The only real solace here being that when there are many bad ideas in play, good ideas become all the more valuable as a function of their scarcity.

So, hesitation and social or psychological uncertainty can inhibit the percolation of good ideas but generate more value in (and from) them if and when they are finally spoken, written or otherwise shared. The question becomes one of whether or not a good idea or thing can ever be recognised and distinguished as good without the presence of its opposite. The flipside to this being that bad ideas are as dependent upon the uncommon presence of good ones. They only ever gather whatever aggregate value they possess in their darkening multitude by the presence of that which they are not.

Every now and then we might each and all find ourselves compelled to speak our mind, to share that notion, dream or insight and to do so quite regardless of perceived consequences but I am uncertain if we might ever be able to escape an overarching enigma here. That is – how can any of us be sure that our “good” ideas are not merely more bad ones in disguise?

Philosophy looks both ways.

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