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  • James McPartland

What We Don’t Know, That We Don’t Know

“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.”

– Ebbert Hubbard

In the journey of life, we learn and develop our beliefs and our rules as to how the game of life should be played. Many of these beliefs and rules we have adopted, often subconsciously, in our youth, from parents, teachers, coaches, clergy, and the way we were conditioned through our years in formal education.

So, it is fair to say that we know what we know. It is also fair to say that we know what we don’t know. For example, I know that I don’t know how to fly an airplane. The greatest and most underdeveloped area of knowledge is in the realm of “what we don’t know that we don’t know”.

Allowing ourselves to be puzzled by counterintuitive information and perspectives, and being willing not to associate it with what we already know (or to simply discard it) is the key to growth and the path to fulfilling our potential and maximizing the use of our “gifts”…

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