Knowledge and ignorance are like the inseparable siamese twins. One on one side and the other on its obverse. For everything that anyone is about to say, a child would jump in and say “I know”. In “addition”, one would begin and the spontaneous¬†“I know” comes. Ask “what is 9+7” and the immediate response would be “I don’t know”. (lol)

Beyond knowledge and ignorance, this seems to be a problem of attitude. To grab attention, one pretends to know more and in the process, loses the opportunity to gain knowledge or wisdom. A silent listener would benefit by the talk of an enlightened person but a person who thinks that he/she knows loses the opportunity.

Socrates is reputed to have remarked that after seventy years he came to know that he knew nothing. An equally bad stance would be to think that that one knew nothing. It makes one shy away from opportunities to learn. So, both attitudes need to be addressed.

Hence the process here would be to

first – listen,

then – ponder over

then – analyze and then

finally – come to a conclusion.



Listening to your own intuition and conscience is the advice offered by our sages in the past and it is true even in our modern age.

“A desire to learn is neither a shame not a crime”

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