What’s wrong with being pedantic?

The other day someone accused me of being pedantic. I say ‘accused’ because we were engaged in a bit of a heated discussion about something at the time – I can’t remember what…

It got me wondering why being pedantic was such a bad thing? Surely it’s a good idea to be careful and accurate as you go about your daily life? I think the answer lies in whether or not you have a passion for the truth or whether you just like being right for its own sake. For me, sometimes it’s the latter.

The problem with having to be right all the time is that you tend to give yourself a really hard time when you are wrong and this is not good for being creative. The very nature of creativity demands that you try new things and that you make mistakes.

You can’t be both creative and right all the time, so go ahead, do something wrong today. The world won’t end.


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