First up, they’re not facts. The problem of course is that we experience them as if they are.
Consider the case of the tarantula and its reportedly deadly venomous bite. According to Dave Clarke, head of invertebrates at London Zoo in the UK.
"Most spiders can sense the heat from our bodies and will avoid us," says Clarke. "They are not naturally very aggressive."
Even if they do use venom, it's rarely lethal. "The venom is used to subdue their prey," says Clarke. "None of them is normally lethal. The bite is normally no worse than a bee sting."
(Link to the full article is in the comments section.)
This business of beliefs is important. Consider a manager today, having to contend with colleagues whose positions are in sharp contrast.
One believes that vaccination is inherently wrong and doing harm. The other believes that they are vitally important, trouble free and doing good.
The manager of course will have their own opinion. They might also have pressure from above. Pressure which is more concerned about the wellbeing of the business and less about the employee.
And yes, of course, values are significantly at play in all of the above.
Difficult isn’t it? Stressful? Yep.
What do you suggest?