“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates
Epictetus tells us that people would visit Socrates and ask to speak to a philosopher, and he’d take them to some other philosopher.
Whenever I set out to learn something new, I am usually reluctant because of what I perceive as a steep learning curve. It is difficult, almost impossible, it’s not worth it, I do not have the time, the patience, or the mental fortitude to learn this. After a while, though, when I figure out that it’s not as difficult as I had presumed, I become arrogant. I think I know it all, I think that there’s not much left to learn.
Most of us think like that in one or more areas of our life.
Knowing something is most often more dangerous than knowing nothing, if one does not address this desire to feel competent enough that one can stop learning.
We know nothing. We are here for a short while. We are here to learn, to live, to make mistakes, to grow, to fight, to lose, to win.
We are here to understand ourselves and the bit of world around us.
But we often get in our own way by thinking that we know everything, or that it doesn’t matter, or that we have spend enough time in school.
Learning should never stop, because life insists on teaching us lessons for as long as we breathe.
The path to enlightenment is not certain. It is not easy. It requires that we accept our faults and flaws and that we understand our own darkness and that of others.
Stagnation is death. Stagnation means an unwillingness to adapt, and refusal to adapt is the best way to ensure that a lot of people are going to surpass you.