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Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
-- Andre Gide
 

 

Friday, February 17, 2023

Not knowing

What I know, what you know, what anyone knows is only a small fraction of the way the world works. That’s a good thing to keep in mind.

Anyone who pretends to always have insight into everything that could possibly come up is doing just that, pretending. Someone with a firm grip on reality is someone who willingly admits to not knowing.

It is a whole lot smarter to admit you don’t know than to pretend you do. Such pretense fools no one and even worse, it sabotages the opportunity to learn, to cooperate, to gain trust.

When stumbling forward in the dark it’s helpful to have the modest light of a small truth. That small truth is the fact that you don’t know the entire truth.

Fortunately, you can always learn. You can shine that small, honest light of humility and curiosity in more and more places.

Begin with the accurate assumption that you don’t know it all. From that point, you can learn much and go far.

— Ralph Marston

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