We don’t know what we don’t know, accept and stop the BS



Day 626. We are all humans, so inherently limited in our abilities and designed to act in groups. With this, there are billions of topics we barely know anything about. However, a majority of people has an opinion on those topics. Strange isn’t it? Not really as we have been taught at school to know and we were « punished » with a bad grade if we did not know. Hence our skewed reaction when we do not know, we at least have something to say. The reality is that it’s much better to admit there are things we don’t know when we don’t know them, because it gives us an opportunity to learn.

However, sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know, the unknown unknowns. Those are the most dangerous unknowns to people with certainty. Experience is the best learning tool to uncover unknowns. Unknowns remain and are the main reasons we should always keep an eye on what may happen. Not to freeze action, but to be ready to act if something unexpected happens. It’s important to accept the unknown unknowns and to be ready to act on them if and when they happen. Nobody knows everything, accept to not know everything and especially that you do not know what you do not know. A little bit of modesty keeps our humanity livable.

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