The Single Most Important Lesson For Any Human:
When you are faced with a question or puzzle or quandary, the single most important lessen that you can have learned in life is this:
When you are not certain of the answer or solution, say ‘I don’t know’ the answer/solution.
The second most important lesson is that the result of the first should be quickly followed with one of the following:
- But we can look it up
- I have a friend who does this stuff, lets call them
- but we can do some experiments
- Lets try to work out how this does work
- ask “does it come with instructions?”
- I can figure this out, here, hold my beer
- Wait, maybe my wife knows…. honey …..
Seriously, if you don’t know do not pretend you do and if you don’t know, go fucking find out! What’s wrong with you?
Yeah, sure. If the question is ‘how do you do brain surgery’ some of those answers might not be available to you… so in such cases when your lips move, the noise they make should sound incredibly like ‘I do not know how they do that’.
God did it is an incredibly obtuse thing to say. We all too often let people off the hook for their real crime because we’re busy fighting the god did it fires. The real crime here is that some human insisted that they know something that they do not. That is what should get smacked down. Bash on the stupid, in the order that it occurs. First bash on the human that made that mistake of not being able to say I do not know, THEN and only then bash on the argument they used. At that point you should have license to bash on their choice of footwear for the day or anything else. Be my guest.
Reader Holly wrote:
Well said. A willingness to embrace the mystery…is a plus as well.
phase two should be the ability to accept mistakes and failures and not need atoning blood to wash them away…learning to become comfortablle with our very humaness.
I could not agree more. Thanks Holly