I thought I was great for us. Turns out I’ve been lousy.
I thought I was brave for standing my ground.
Turns out it’s braver to visit other people’s ground.
I thought I was leading a no-compromise revolution to save our Freedom and Democracy.
Turns out Freedom and Democracy require compromise.
I thought I alone observed the world objectively.
Turns out everyone thinks that until they grow up.
I thought everyone who disagreed with me was evil or dumb.
Turns out that's the definition of evil or dumb.
I thought I was following humble leaders fighting against the greedy.
Turns out I had it backward.
I thought I was the king of critical thinking.
Turns out I had a double standard and only criticized other people's thinking.
I thought that, having seen the light, I’d never have to apologize again
Turns out I have to apologize.
I hate apologizing.
But I’m brave enough to do it anyway.
Sorry. From now on I'll listen too, not just spout; I'll doubt too, not just believe.
Recovering Fanatical Jerk