We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.- Benjamin Franklin
YOU ARE NOT SO SMART
We normally tend to feel as though we are the smartest creatures out there. But in reality we are far from even being “smart”. We are actually quite dumb. Our “smartness” scale is something we’ve made up of on what we believe makes someone smart. With this scale, we go around measuring people with it. This is like measuring a ruler with another ruler, it’s quite silly.
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WRONG
The thing that we have to understand is that we will always be wrong. ALWAYS. But this is a good thing and doesn’t mean we can all denounce concepts like gravity because something is for sure there.
Over time, some facts that we considered steadfast truths have changed.
WE MOVE TOWARDS THE TRUTH WITHOUT EVER REACHING IT
We have to accept that we are never going to be able to know the “truth” of anything. Yet, we can surely throw away the shit that is proven to be wrong and gradually make our way towards the truth without ever reaching it. That is a truth we have to accept. What we consider fact today may be denounced and laughed at in the distant future.
Just as we look back and think, “How the fuck did people used to think the world was flat, what were they smoking?”
In the future, people will probably look back and think, “Why did people used to think that if they wore thick ass black glasses it made them hipster? We will never know.”
THIS A GOOD THING
The good thing about never being right is that it always keeps us asking questions and challenging what we believe. The greatest people challenged the impossible. Roger Bannister, challenged the “fact” that it was humanly impossible to run a mile under 4 mins. In challenging this “fact” he broke the limitations of what people thought about the capabilities of human speed.
Challenging & questioning what we believe to be impossible are the strongest forces for our improvement. They help set new bars of what is possible and move us forward. Without failure or the inability to be wrong there is no progress.
If we always considered ourselves right, we would not evolve.
WE ARE PLAYING IN A SANDBOX WITH A LIMITED TOOL KIT
As humans, we play around in the sandbox of life with only 5 very limited tools at our disposal. These tools of course would be our senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. It is with only these tools that we can make sense of the world around us; we are very limited. Even with all the advanced technology we create, they are just a stronger version of the tools we are naturally equipped with.
We are looking for answers in our small sandbox to things outside our sandbox. Looking for answers that are outside of thought and comprehension. It’s like trying to help an ant understand what an iPad is and what it’s used for.
TRY HARD TO REMAIN STUPID, NOT IGNORANT
So all in all, stay humble, work hard to remain stupid (not ignorant), and come to terms with our inability to ever be right. Fail forward to move towards the truth.
Who would have thought that being stupid and failing could move us forward?
It is only through failure and questioning the impossible that we progress.