While we are rather willing and even eager and relieved to agree with a historian’s finding that we stumbled into the more shameful events of history, such as war, we are correspondingly unwilling to concede—in fact we find it intolerable to imagine—that our more lofty achievements, such as economic, social or political progress, could have come about by stumbling rather than through careful planning… . Language itself conspires toward this sort of asymmetry: we fall into error, but do not usually speak of falling into truth.
Malcom Gladwell, “The Gift of Doubt"  [via Paul]
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