Most agree that wisdom is a positive. What about the negative?
No Earthly thing is only positive or only negative. All is both.
What is the negative of wisdom? Often it is false.
How often do facts change? Very often.
The world is flat. The world is round.
Eggs are healthy. They are not.
Einstein was right. Einstein was wrong.
Facts change all the time. That makes adopting the belief that we are wise ignorant and maybe even dangerous.
That’s why I’ve adopted a mindset I call, “I’m always full of shit.” This means that I try never to trust the contents of my mind completely.
I acknowledge that my mind is completely fallible and I resist the temptation to think I am wise or that I understand things.
I’m cautious around people that have conviction about things because they think they know all there is to know. That’s frightening because facts always change and everything has two sides.
The only acceptable reason to have conviction is that you have consciously chosen sides, one side of the truth. The truth always has two sides, so thinking you are wise and know the real truth is ignorant.
No one knows the real truth. So stop acting like you do.
Having the mindset of “I’m always full of shit” means I never allow my ego to think it’s wise or knows everything about something. There is always more to know. There are two sides to every Earthly truth.
Remember, facts change all the time. Stay open. Never stop learning. Never believe what your mind tells you because it is fallible and delights in its impression of its own brilliance.
Always question. Never be wise. Acknowledge that you're always full of shit.
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