Once again I have stumbled upon a TED talk that requires an update in a "mental folder" I've jokingly labelled as "my heroes".
"The fact is that most of the biggest catastrophies that we've witnessed rarely come from information that is secret or hidden. It comes from information that is freely available and out there but that we are willfully blind to because we can't handle, don't want to handle the conflict that it provokes. But when we dare to break that silence and when we dare to see and we create conflict, we enable ourselves and the people around us to do our very best thinking."
One important idea that she doesn't explicitly say but that I feel belongs to the related mental territories is that in order to "do your very best of thinking" and in order to have the courage to stand up for your ideas, you don't necessarily have to be right. Quite contrary, in order to do your very best of thinking [here starts the new thought that I'm adding to hers], you also need to have the courage to be wrong, the courage to make mistakes.