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June 29, 2015

An Ignorance That Leads To Wisdom

Hal photo outside Feb2012“We have an almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.” (Daniel Kahneman)

Maturity requires an awareness that there’s a lot you don’t know and that a lot of what you do know may be wrong — or at least twisted in one way or another. You have biases, ways of thinking that you inherited from parents, from teachers, from the time and place in which you live. The way you see the world is largely colored by the lenses through which you look. Mature and humble people know this.

That kind of humility is what leads to wisdom.

Wisdom is not a body of information to be learned. Wisdom comes by embracing your limitations, recognizing your biases, and rejecting overconfidence. Ultimately, wisdom means knowing what you don’t know and refusing to ignore your ignorance.

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