Monday, October 22, 2012

What They Said: What You Know

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

One should trust one’s own knowledge but never ignore the lack thereof.   You will never know it all.  You will never know enough to be an expert on everything.  Recognize that life is an ongoing classroom full of unexpected and sometimes unwanted lessons.

As a writer, my plot lines always involve my characters learning new things and changing their opinions as a result.  As viewers, we all watch television shows and movies where the lead characters are constantly learning and growing as people, altering their opinions and increasing their knowledge. 

So why is it so difficult in our real lives to do the same?  Why are people so stuck on their opinions, dead set against change?  Why is everyone always so certain their opinion is the right one?  How is it we all already know everything?  What is with this increasing propensity towards ignorance?

Personally I think many of us need to relearn how to say the phrases, “I was wrong” and “I don’t know.”  Is it so hard to admit that our opinion may have been based on erroneous information?  Is it so difficult to admit when we simply don’t have the information?  I’m pretty sure it’s almost impossible for some.

In light of the coming election and the abundance of opinion out there, remember that yours is just that, an opinion.  Do not let your opinion be so permanent that you ignore new facts which might just change it slightly.  Do not let your overwhelming knowledge on everything be too complete.  Rest assured that life will be more than willing and capable of pointing out your arrogance and ignorance.

By Julie Keith

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