I don’t know everything about everything.
I don’t know everything about anything. Except maybe the alphabet. (There are only 26 letters in the English alphabet, right?)
I know some things about some things. And I know lots of things about a sub-set of those some things.
But I don’t know everything about everything.
My tolerance for people who think they know everything about everything – or everything about anything – has dropped to less than zero lately.
(And this applies to me, too. If I start acting like you all ain’t got nuffin’ to teach me, girlfriend, you have my permission to call me on it. Loudly.)
Confidence is important. Knowledge is power. We all know things, and we are all experts of something. We are proud of that knowledge. And we should be proud of that knowledge.
But we shouldn’t mistake knowing something and being proud of that knowledge for knowing everything. We shouldn’t mistake knowing something for knowing that it will always be that way and it will never change.
We shouldn’t mistake knowing something – even if it’s at the level of expertise – for assuming that knowledge makes us better than those without it.
It doesn’t make us better. It makes us responsible for teaching. And an important part of teaching is listening. Because every teacher has much to learn. And the best ones already know that.
The greatest philosophers had/have one major thing in common: they knew/know their limitations.
They have influenced societies, thinking, cultures, and in some cases, the world with their knowledge.
But they did so not with a knowledge with which they were born, nor with a set knowledge base from which they drew to share with the world.
They have influenced us by constantly striving to learn more.
We should all be constantly striving to learn more. Learn more facts. Learn more figures. Learn more about the battles faced by others. Learn about empathy, compassion and understanding.
Learn that what’s right and wrong today might be wrong and right tomorrow.
To live in a world in which WE ARE ALWAYS RIGHT and THEY – the faceless they, the known they, any they – ARE ALWAYS WRONG is to live in a world that is flat, around which the sun revolves.
In many things in life, there is no right and wrong. Only differences. Understanding those differences instead of lambasting those we don’t concur with is a great way to learn.
Let’s build bridges instead of building defences.
Who knows what we’ll learn next?
I don’t know everything about everything. And I’d like to learn more. Got anything to share? Any facts, figures or knowledge you’re particularly proud of? Please educate me!