Easy vs Right choice

By: Kannan Ramamoorthy On: Mon 22 April 2019
In: Introspection
Tags: #Introspection

The statement easy vs right applies to a wide variety of topic. I am limiting myself to discuss it with the context of choices that you have when your beliefs are challenged.


Almost all of us are inclined/biased towards one stand or the other in preferences, starting from personal choices, way of life, religion, politics and so on.

Whenever confronted with 'facts/ideas/hypothesis' (challenges) that doesn’t agree with our intuitions, we try hard to ignore/make it invalid/false.

To an extent [1] this effort is ok, or else you will be detained by a lot of things, without exploring what you believe in. This post is about making a choice when you are in such a confrontation. This is no way a solution to the problem, but more of an opinion that I feel is good to follow, based on knowledge and beliefs that I have.

Easy choice:

When confronted with challenges that don’t agree with our beliefs, we tend to ignore it or try to prove it wrong or worst mudslinging.

'Easy choice' happens so commonly, especially when you are surrounded by people with the same belief as yours.

A good thing about this is you don’t waste your time analyzing things that are not worthy. And a bad thing is you might not spend your time on things that might be worth spending time. At worst cases, it gets more egoistic and become more counter-productive.

Right choice:

When you think you don’t get much out of getting the challenge right or if it is costly (in terms of time, energy, money or mental-leap [2]) to get it right, it’s fine to let it go.

If not, the right thing would be to give the benefit of the doubt and doing a rational analysis to the best of your knowledge.

When you chose not to ignore, a bad thing is you are possibly dissipating your time and energy on things that’s not much of your area of interest. A good thing is, you, along with others evolve into a better community.


In a way, this thought is inspired by the movie “Vikram Vedha”. The hero “Vikram”, a talented, honest cop, who is swindled by his team to hunt down a gangster group and its leader “Vedha”. For Vikram, he is in the mission of hunting down a gangster. But for the rest of the team, they are doing it because they have been bribed by another group of a gangster. When confronted with questions from Vedha, an easy choice for Vikram would have been to just shoot down Vedha, because he was just a gangster and no one would question him. But, when Vikram sees a point in it, he chooses an uncomfortable path of knowing the truth.

[1] - Up to what extent is a big question that I don’t have an answer to yet.

[2] - Shifting your mental perspective, so that it requires changes in other parts of your life.

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