“A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance.”
— Eliezer Yudkowsky
What would you trade for knowledge? Would you be willing to give up what you think you know? Are you able to admit that everything you believe is at best partially right and is in all probability mainly wrong? Are you what you know? Many people seem to believe they are and when challenged they fight for their assumptions as if their very identity itself is being challenged. It is only by surrendering ignorance that we can attain knowledge. What we have learned up until now has to continually be smashed on the rocks of life’s experience in order for us to learn more. This can be devastating if we believe we are what we know. Most times I tend to believe I am more defined by my ignorance than my knowledge.
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