I get dinged by some colleagues for the fact that I don’t like definite statements that aren’t actually definite. For example: “There is no better computer than a Mac.” Sure, under a lot of circumstances that may be true but what if you are a heavy AutoCAD user? Maybe not then. What if you are allergic to OS X (if true please contact me for an interview!)?
Definite statements imply a certain course of action is always justified or that there is no gray areas. But sadly the world is made up of gray areas (I’ve been led to understand that there are exactly 50 Shades of Grey areas). Artificial certainty can be very bad. Driving behavior based on that artificial certainty can be worse. It teaches people to think inside their little box and not worry about the (sometimes common) exceptions. And ignoring exceptions leads to bad things happening.
Therefore I’m resolving to continue not letting false statements of certainty pass. So there!