Is Hindsight Truly 20-20?
The old saying is that hindsight is 20-20, but is it really? Perhaps in an ideal world, we’d learn from our mistakes so well that our analysis of what happened would be perfect – but life experience teaches that often the same kinds of analyses that produced the “mistake” in the first place are at work in almost any intended 20-20 examination of it.
Be honest. Is your hindsight 20-20? There’s no question that we can learn from the past – and we often learn significant lessons. But 20-20? Consider that if you’ve been repeating the same mistake, odds are that your hindsight has not been 20-20.
Where has your hindsight been 20-20 to the point that you not only understood what happened, but you took steps to remedy the flaws in the future? Do you consider “hindsight is 20-20” to be an accurate statement? Why or why not?
If hindsight in general is 20-20, what about yours? Does it rise to that level? How do you know?