“I stand corrected.” Have you ever heard that phrase? It is not “I sit corrected.” Nor is it “I lay down corrected.” It is “I stand corrected.” Why that choice of words? What is the origin of the phrase? I did not know. Because the phrase is so widely used, I had no luck in an Internet search until I combined the phrase with the term “etymology.” Here is the hit that led me to the answer. This hit (here), however, is the one that that gave me the most insight.
To stand corrected, to be set right, as after an error in a statement of fact. –Wycherley.
When you understand or you stand corrected, you have been set right. That is, you are able to remain upright.
As Plato observed, accepting correction is highly important. Consider what he said about ignorance.
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil. (from here)
Is evil merely not knowing any better? Not quite. Consider what Philosopher Peter Kreeft has to say.
Plato is half right: evil does indeed come from ignorance, but not only from ignorance for then it would be excusable. In fact, ignorance first comes from evil. We will, we choose, we create the moral ignorance in our souls the ignorance that Plato saw was a prerequisite to doing evil. We voluntarily turn off the light of truth. For instance, we shut out the divine truth and justice of “thou shalt not steal” before we sin by stealing. The ignorance of the thief—by which he thinks that filling his pockets with stolen money will make him happier than filling his soul with proper virtue—is indeed, as Plato saw, a prerequisite for his act of theft. But that ignorance in turn has as its prerequisite the will’s choice to turn the thief s attention away from the truth of the moral law. He wills to look instead at the pleasures he thinks will derive from his loot. His ignorance comes from his ignoring. (from here)
So when someone offers you a correction, do not cavalierly ignore that person. Do not feel shamed. Listen attentively. There is no shame in being willing to learn. Instead, when we accept and learn from each other’s corrections, we help each other remain upright.