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Ron: "I'm not only frequently wrong, but indeed, depend on being frequently wrong."
Well, you're right. But how does that really work? You acknowledge that you are frequently wrong, "We," or to less homogenous, "You and I and everybody we know and don't know are frequently wrong until we acknowledge it and become instantly "right".
Edison, as one example, probably acknowledged that he was frequently wrong. That was what all that experimentation was about. But I think he also "knew" he was right, just needed as successful demonstration of his "rightness" to make it so.
In terms of creating literature, or business structures, or anything else, We make mistakes from a need to be "right." If we undertook such endeavors to prove ourselves "wrong," we'd be right: we were "wrong."
Risk taking is about proving one can do it, be "right." Certain kinds of risk taking, such as jumping out of an airplane WITHOUT a parachute because on is a contrarian who rejects the notions of terminal velocity and SPLAT, are pretty dumb indeed. One rapidly discovers the "wrongness" in the notion, and is "right," though it is a fairly hasrh shift in in perspective.
More practically, when one risks the whole nine yards on a business venture, for example, don't we do it because we think we are right, not because we are not afraid to be wrong? Isn't there a difference between the two states of mind? Which is more likely to drive one to do something?
In literature, I'm not sure that anyone who works experimentally, tries to move beyond mediocrity, sets out to be "wrong." I think it is more likely that the wrtier sets out to establish a new understanding of his/her "rightness."
How is wanting to be "right" consistent with choosing to be mediocre? I don't follow that one, and I admit it gets twisty and turny. I could use some help here...
I've set out to write "bad" or profoundly mediocre poetry now and then. When I do, I'm right. It's either bad or mediocre. When I set out to do a decent piece, I'm right. I've set out to do a decent piece. Whether I achieve that or not doesn't seem to be directly connected to "rightness" as the motivating factor.