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What You Don't Know: Intellectual Humility

Updated on November 21, 2014

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Flash Ahead to 2014...

At the age of 53, marcoujor still gets highly annoyed when the phone rings from 7PM to 7:30PM (M-F). For cryin' out loud, don't y'all know, mar is glued to Jeopardy!, which is just about the only programming (well, OK, besides Downton Abbey) that she watches these days.

I feel exceedingly wise because I know very little of the actual content..reminded of my ignorance every day! I especially enjoy the Teen Tournament but am not sure why all the young men look like Phillip...?!

I guess wisdom increases as intelligence dwindles...!

Growing up ...

When I was a student, I was a high achiever. Good grades seemed to come easily for me, and I enjoyed school. I was rather shy, with some close friends, who were also academically inclined.

I was naturally a perfectionist and wanted to 'learn it all'. To me, getting 'The Highest General Average' was the ultimate achievement, at least in my mind. My parents could see me walk up the Church aisle at June graduation to receive a little ribbon. I would feel like I had made them proud.

When all was said and done, Phillip was really very nice..! Yet, every other year, he earned that coveted award and I was granted... 'The Highest English Award', which always felt like the Silver medal in the Olympics...! I guess my parents were proud, but I always felt I let my Dad down a little bit.

I gravitated towards an interest in health care in High School, taking more science and math classes. These stringent academic habits were exceedingly hard to break. Although to this day, I have a permanent mental block, I challenged myself and excelled in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Analytical Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Latin, and of course, Psychology...well, I guess I remember some of that!

I am so grateful that I was serious in High School, because I learned great study habits that took me far into my college years. Developmentally, as I became more independent, I appreciated that it was impossible for me to be a generalist,'know it all', even while studying in an excellent generalist BSN Nursing program.

I entered my passionate specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at the age of 21 years .

Soon after, in 1985, I received a Master's Degree concentrating in the Specialty of Mental Health.

Joe Jackson: Sunday Papers

The Logic Puzzle

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Figuring the Solution

My sister is only other person I know on this Earth who appreciates Logic Puzzles as I do. Everyone else looks at me as if I have two heads.

I even enjoyed the subject of Statistics in school. I daresay that logic calms me down when I am stressed out.

I love to clear my mind and challenge myself to re-focus and make lists, prioritize, eliminate, and strategize with whatever iinformation I am given to work with.

If I am in a state of chaos or flutter, my decisions will be faulty and I have to start over. I have also learned to recognize those (few) puzzles that are simply over my head!

Wising Up....

I consider myself quite blessed that from 1983 until 1999 I spent some time in every phase of Nursing in my field of speciality, including: staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nursing instructor, nurse manager, and nursing executive.

The knowledge, skills and confidence that I gained with every positive and negative event has served me when I least expected it...truly a toolbox of professional life experience.

Reflecting more on DeGroot's words, as I developed more life wisdom, I recognized how ignorant I am of actually 'most' subjects.

I embrace my ignorance! I know that I have much more to learn in life. I love the process of learning new things from people and sources I trust and respect. I try to learn something each and every day.

I recognize that I learn from both positive and negative encounters. I understand I have a great deal to do with whether or not an encounter is a positive one by the tone I set and the mood I emulate.

I realize there are some people and situations that are negative, even toxic, despite my best efforts. I strive to remind myself that I do not know all the extenuating circumstances, with the wisdom to know the difference....

The Beatles: A Day in the Life

Pass the Eraser

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Being Flexible ....

A kind secretary told me on the first day of a challenging job: "Every day is like a snowflake. It will never be the same around here."

And now, I believe the same is true of life...

I realize that life does not always have to be a logic puzzle.

Sometimes a gal is just in the mood for an easy peezy word seek.

When no one understands you, it's fine to solve a cryptogram or two.

The heck with teamwork...sometimes we need to do a framework.

Instead of a disagreement, it might be better to do a crossword.

Reaching Out....

Since 1999, my life has changed in most every way. Change, in itself, is unfamiliar territory. I found that life will occur whether we participate or not.

In 2013, one of the ways that I fully participate in my life, once again, is in my role as a Nursing Professor.

To quell the myth that teachers have all the answers, I firmly believe that I work with some of the brightest nurses in the profession. I am blessed to learn something from each and every class encounter.

I have discovered that even the most intelligent student can be ignorant, or unaware, of their capabilities. These nurses are awesome at the bedside, yet can be reduced to tears at the mere thought of an oral presentation. These nurses perform miracles with their hands giving a much appreciated backrub, yet they are convinced they cannot write a final paper in APA format.

Whether I teach my class in the beginning, the middle or towards the end of this two - year accelerated program, I stress what a "change" school is for them. Ignorance is also the recognition that the student can no longer be the go - to person for everyone in the family!

So, I am quite proud that my students tend to typically be a bit wiser with their self - awareness and self - care practices after some encouragement.

Elimination (ignorance) of negativity, whether temporary or permanent, is a universal and recurring theme I tend to hear in discussions, including personal (ending toxic friendships) and professional (job change).

Peggy Lee: I Don't Know Enough About You

Playing the Game

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Lightening Up...

Scrabble is a longtime family tradition. It is viewed as a way of separating the men from the boys!

At the risk of sounding sexist, in our family, it is more like separating the women from the men...?! Sorry, the women just seem to win a bit more...!

Scrabble is a game that can be humbling, very much like life to me.

Sometimes, no matter how knowledgeable one is, the Scrabble tiles selected can sway the results unfavorably for that game.

Sometimes the time spent together is even more important than the results. For a myriad of reasons, a wise person is ignorant of many issues where the rules of Scrabble are concerned.

Sam Cooke: Wonderful World

In Summary

as marcoujor likes to say:

"While life may seem like a board game, it is by no means boring...!"

© Maria Jordan (revised November, 2014)


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      You are a honey...and here, I wanted to copy you and your style...LOL!

      Seriously, what a fabulous comment. I always read my work back to myself...usually slashing quite a bit of nonsense in the process. So, what you said means a lot.

      Have a super week and SYS. Hugs, Maria

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      Poon Poi Ming 

      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Marcoujor, I love the way you write. Each sentence sounds as if you are talking to me straight from your heart. I've always find it hard to write an autobiography piece. Will bookmark this to copy your style, LOL.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Suzette,

      Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful comment. I love your attitude and agree with your philosophy.

      Have a lovely week. Hugs, Maria

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a very interesting and thought-provoking hub! I was also a teacher - now retired and doing some substitute teaching - and I will say I have learned just as much or more from my students. Learning is an ongoing process and it doesn't hurt to have a little ignorance - it keeps us on our toes learning. Just writing here on hub pages is a work in humility. I, at times comment, "I didn't know that before reading this hub." Thanks so much for this interesting hub and so well presented, too.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Vinaya,

      Perhaps you do not see yourself as an intellectual, but I surely do. I have been looking at many brilliant hubs you have been publishing of late and need to carve some time to check them out.

      Yes, I agree that we all have our unique strengths while experiencing intellectual humility.

      I always appreciate you, your insights and your visits. Hugs, Maria

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal


      I don't see myself as an intellectual, however, my motto is man and woman may be illiterate but they are never ignorant. In one way other we all experience intellectual humility.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, your experience gives new perspective to everything.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wise and so true, rasta. Thanks ever so much for stopping by.

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      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Removing the ego forces each man to confront their limitations.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      James, Thank you for your insightful thoughts on this subject. I appreciate when our writing generates such thoughtfulness from others. Both your comments and your writing are amazing.

      Jools, I just know we would be close gal pals if not separated by an ocean. We have way more similarities than differences as I see it...I mean you certainly are cool, that's for sure ( LOL)! Thanks for sharing.

      Hoping you both have a great day. Hugs, Maria

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Maria, loved this article which has biography at its heart and it is that which adds to its wisdom and advice. I am opposite to you - I knows a little about a lot of things (ideal quiz teammate, you get the beers in, I get my pen out) but my academic interests and broader knowledge is in European Humanities. My ignorance of some things sometimes feels like a blessing. In other respects, I enjoy complete ignorance of a subject before I learn something new - that transition from not knowing to knowing is a feeling I can't describe; I used to have a total ignorance of Maths and would deride myself for my problems with numbers and as part of my job as a trainer, I used to have to encourage others to do their Adult Maths qualifications to progress through their courses. One day, I decided the time had come for me to stop talking the talk! I studied for 8 weeks after work and sat the maths exam (in spite of turning up for the exam without my glasses!!!)...and I passed! It was more satisfying than getting my degree because I had sort of 'endured' this ignorance for so long - it was like discovering something about myself that I hadn't known. As for board games - I love Trivial Pursuit, I am the Queen of trivia after all but Scrabble is my favourite board game because it's about having to deal with the 7 letters you chose yourself, sometimes all Qs, Xs and a couple of vowels - Scrabble is a leveller, you might have a degree, a Masters, a PhD but be beaten by your friend with 'Quirky' on a triple word score :o)

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      7 years ago from Morocco

      Oscar Wilde says: Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone."I must confess here that I am ignorant of many things.Always I try to learn something even a new word in English.To some people,ignorance is a bliss.They really misunderstand the words of Thomas Gray s poem “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College ” .He means that it is bliss only for creative minds. If ignorance is a blissful state to those people, then what happens when their ignorance cause such a rift in their lives it changes everything completely? Theere are always consequences to everyone s actions and often there are also consequences to non-action as well. I would classify ignorance as non-action towards whatever it is you’re ignorant about.

      Here I like when you said:

      I strive to remind myself that I do not know all the extenuating circumstances, with the wisdom to know the difference....

      Great saying and very inspiring.Thanks so much for this wonderful perspective and personal journey !I voted up.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      b. You are kind, wise and a good friend. Good to see you. Hugs, mar

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful Hub, Marcoujor. Life is a journey of learning...making mistakes, and learning from them. You dear friend, have had quite a life, as you have learned to Enrich others with your Wisdom and Experiences.

      I love "Quotes" too, and am always looking to learn something New. When we stop, we grow stale...something I never want to do!

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks, Ruby and HSchneider.

      Your comments are insightful and most appreciated.

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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Marcoujor. Life should be a journey of constant knowledge seeking. I believe it to be one of the wonders of life. No one has cornered the market on knowledge and no one should think they have.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There is not a day that i do not learn something new, and i love that. I used to belong to a scrabble club, we played every Tuesday night and it was a dog eat dog time, we all spent the week finding three letter words that were rarely used, we made a new rule if you played a word and it was challenged we got to add 100 pts. to out score, that's what you call dirty scrabble..Ha..Loved this.. thank's, interesting. Love ya....

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy St Patrick's Day, Y'all,

      Good to see you, Mike. Thanks for stopping by.

      Svetlana, I found so much wisdom in your comments and I thank you. I am very delighted with everyone's unique Perspective this month and always glad when you visit. Hugs, Theresa

      Pamela, You are an incredible lady and inspirational too. The world surely is fascinating!

      Mary, I suspect you would be competitive but much fun with Scrabble! Now I don't " love " needles... You would be a fab nurse, just like Gypsy!

      Hope you all have a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      I guess I better dust off the Scrabble game! Knowing you through your hubs is a wonderful experience...I almost wish I was a nurse but I don't like needles. Like most of us here, I do like learning and I like the way you have pointed out we always learn, every day...many of us take the road less traveled and thereby learn the most.

      Voted up, useful, and so very interesting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Maria, I was wondering what the "group" would do with this topic. You hub is awesome. I did not know your nursing focus was in mental health. I was in the master's program to be a nurse practitioner, and I developed some health problems so I was not able to complete the program.

      As for ignorance, I am learning new things continually and plant to do so throughout my life. The world is a fascinating place. Love your hub and I will check out the others! Up and awesome.

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      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Dear Theresa:

      What I don't know... what you don't know, what he doesn't know...

      Make an array of people you "know" and then extend the array to all the people they "know" and it will include everyone on the planet to the sixth degree of separation or so I am told. What do we collectively know? Or don't know?

      Collectively we don't know how much damage we do to our Mother Earth and how late we are to start acting as responsible citizens of the world rather than ignorant inhabitants of our separate burrows.

      The most upsetting yet most amusing admittance of not knowing how to treat me, was my doctor's statement - "I wish I knew everything about your illness, but I don't". Sometimes it is more important to realize that others don't have all the answers when they pretend to or even worse - when they are convinced that they do. Never forgetting to think for yourself as well.

      I hope you are delighted with how your choice of topic turned out.



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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Those with curiosity thirst for knowledge. They soon find that there is enough claimed knowledge to drown themselves in. Curiosity boils down to interest, ideals and beliefs then barriers are erected to withstand the knowledge that one does not have the ability to absorb. The result is a closed mind that rejects anything that does not appear to have a place in their perspective. In the end we age out assured in the knowledge that nothing is as it appears to be and that the things we know have failed us. You excel at what you do and have accomplished so much – I guess that is the best Perspective.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Nell, Who cares if you can't work a coffee machine or a jukebox? You sure do a fabulous tarot card reading!

      drbj, It'd be great to check out each others' quote books! You are so cool.

      Thanks, Docmo! Your perspective was amazing this month once again!

      Rasma, You remind me of a nurse. You are all heart...thank you for stopping by.

      Sha, I love how much we have in common, really awesome.

      Peg, You are a darling and your support means the world.

      Car51, Come to think of it, we do have quite a bit in common...! TTYS.

      Linda, What a kind comment, thank you for bringing me my Sunshine!

      Grab your board, Mickey Sr, I challenge you to a game of Chinese Checkers...grab a hanky, you'll be needing it!

      Hugs and thanks to y'all for stopping by, Maria

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      7 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Rosemay50 ~ "I'm sure MickeySr would give you a run for your money in that scrabble game"

      Sorry, but you are gigantically wrong about that. I have a (I think probably) good bit better than average vocabulary, but I cannot spell . . . if computer people had not come-up with spellcheck after handing out computers, everyone here would have a very different view of me. I'm too analytical, to regulated by logic, and how we spell words is too often haphazard and arbitrary for me to get a hold of.

      It's actually a 'too bad' feature at our house - I can't play Boggle or Scrabble, etc, with my wife (it's just a silly waste of time) and she can't play chess or Chinese checkers, etc, with me . . . now, the fact is, I don't want to play chess, etc, with her because I win all the time (I need a challenge or it's a pointless 'just going through the motions') but she is perfectly fine beating me at Scrabble game after game after game - I can't understand why it's such a treat for her to be so much better at something than I am . . ?

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi MM, I wonder of your students realize how lucky they are to have you as their teacher? They are blessed. Each and every one of them. Even though I'm not an actual student of yours I continue to learn from you, almost on a daily basis. This further goes to prove that we are never, ever to old to learn something new. Everyday. BTW...I never could figure out a logic puzzle, numbers and I do NOT get along well. I well prefer letters:)

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      7 years ago

      What an interesting Hub -- all about YOU. We are so alike -- from our shared affinity for logic problems, words games and puzzles, and the profession of teaching. The area of research is fascinating to me -- both formal study and every day learning. I loved your perspective reminding us that there is always something new to learn, no matter our profession, age, or experience.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dear Maria, Wow.

      What an interesting introspective into your "tool box of professional life experience". This insightful peek into the way you set your goals and achieved them has served and will continue to positively influence so many on the path. I admire your diligent study habits that took you to Awards status and later to complete advanced degrees. It serves well to share this with other people who will be invigorated and reassured that hard work does have a pay off.

      This was absolutely beautiful.

      Very inspiring. Love, Peg

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, what an interesting take this month! I was like you in school. I loved scholastics and was disappointed if I didn't receive an A in any given subject. I was one of the oddballs who actually enjoyed doing homework, especially Math, English and Psychology.

      Scrabble is a favorite of mine. Backgammon, too. In Backgammon, you have to anticipate your opponent's move 2 or 3 ahead based on how you move. I love a brain challenge!

      This is a great hub. Not only is it interesting, it gives us a little more insight into what makes Maria tick.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Maria great job and you've certainly had a wonderful education. I once thought about nursing but my weakness in the fields of biology and chemistry took care of that. Too bad I didn't know you then I'm sure you could of set me straight and gotten those subjects into my head. I too love Scrabble and other word games. Love the video especially the Beatles. Passing this on.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Awesome hub- as always - dear MAria- I love how you have 'learnt to embrace your ignorance' it is perhaps a common trait in all of us perpectivers.. we thrive as much in what we know as in what we don't know... this is a delightful narrative of how we all learn something new - because we stay open. Thanks for sharing this!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      We have something in common, Maria. We each try to learn something new every day. That is what helps to keep me fulfilled, to keep me interested, to keep me curious. Thank you for sharing your insights regarding the pursuit of knowledge. And oh, yes, I collect quotes, too, and since I am older than soil, I have LOTS of them! Voted Up, y'know.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi Maria, I totally understand where you are coming from on this, at one stage I thought I knew it all! lol! I passed my exams, joined mensa and thought, well look at me, know it all! then boom! I suddenly realised that however good on paper I was, I couldn't quite figure out how the darn coffee machine worked! or the juke box! lol! learning things is human nature and can you imagine not learning something new everyday? These days my so called good memory is, well, not so good, and I love learning things I probably knew before!

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Mickey, Thanks for being the first to grant your perspective to my perspective. I doubt if anyone is better at humility than you...and your contribution actually made me cry. You are a big boob and I know that much!

      Bill, Together we could fill a shelf...and proud of it! You are a darling, ever supportive and I thank you.

      Sista Martie, You always make sense to me. You have more than made up for your fickle youth and now you teach others. I am so blessed to have you in my world on a daily basis, as your support means more than you know.

      Vicki, I feel as though we have been forever friends. You have joined our group seamlessly and I, for one, am hoping you join us again at some point. Your comments are treasured.

      Nellieanna, Your e-mail has made me grin like a Cheshire cat today. Your comments are filled with a bounty of wisdom..." what I like about living is living"... and..." knowledge is like food, it must be constantly replenished". Nah, I don't think your siblings ' got you' at all...but I sure am happy that we get to have you around here in our HubVille Community. Love ya!

      Sweet Faith, I am not at all surprised that you love quotes as much as I do. Your friendship is very special to me and your heart is beautiful in all you do for others, including me.

      Rosemary, Your remarks are insightful and I agree with you. Oh, I would give anything to observe Martie and Mickey duking it out in Scrabble and perhaps I could try my hand at the winner...hee-hee!

      Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Hugs, Maria

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Awesome hub Maria. How boring the world would be if we didn't constantly learn from each other and through experiences through our lives. Sharing your learning and development shows that we can become very knowledgiable in what we love to do, in our passions, and not much else matters, we can leave that to others to know until we need or want to know.

      Like Billybuc I too could write a book about what I don't know, that is of course if I knew what I don't know.

      I'm sure MickeySr would give you a run for your money in that scrabble game. or imagine a game between he and Martie, now that would be something to watch.


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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Maria, I love quotes too, and had my nose in the books growing up and was so very shy . . . then . . . but now . . .LOL anyway, I thought of that quote while reading this . . . in Thomas Gray's poem, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", "Ignorance is bliss . . ." and I think, well, I know I am pretty ignorant no doubt!!! The actual quote in its entirety, as you may know already is, "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." Then there is, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing," from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism, which I believe to mean, a small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are. I have been down that road of humility more than I care to think, but it has been an eye-opener and learning experience no doubt, which is what this life is all about, learning from one another. When I read your passionate specialty being Psychiatric Mental Health, I thought, there you go, no wonder you are always so very helpful in areas of mental health issues (in my case - lol). Seriously, thank you for this beautiful insight into our precious friend, YOU, and all that I did not know!!! You are so very wise and I appreciate your friendship, and I am glad you did make mention of getting out of those friendships which are toxic.

      Amazing hub and perspective from an amazing woman we all know a little better now and love even more so. All of your song choices are great!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Maria and PERSPECTIVES team. What an excellent subject - and discussion here. I'm reading some of the others on the subject and am quite exhilarated!

      The specifics of what I don't know are simply too numerous to list! And many of the things I've thought I knew have turned out to be mistaken - or inadequate. What I like about living is LIVING - which ALWAYS includes change, which inevitably includes disproving of some things that had been accepted and moving on.

      I've been a perfectionist, and in a weird way, I continue to be. But, happily, I have learned when "it's enough" - and how to say, "OK" & release it as it is, imperfections and all. The best thing about that is that before long it's passed by and other things are in the view-finder demanding one's focus. Life, in process. . .

      Growing up, I was sure I was the most ignorant person alive, since my elder siblings made it clear that I was - or so I thought they did. I assumed that anyone else obviously had more facts, smarts, knowledge and 'inside track' than I did or ever could. It was always a surprise when my ideas proved OK or even excellent, when IQ tests proved me as eligible for high intelligence societies as my smartest sibling and when I really could TRUST my own conclusions! Isn't that what we all want and need? - to be able to trust our own ideas at least as much as the next person's? Maybe some folks never went through that self-doubt about it and therefore are not so relieved to learn that they can be trusted with their own common sense! haha. But, let me tell you, it's not a reason for pride, but of humility, knowing one's own ideas don't have to be perfect or all-knowing in order to be good and acceptable! Wow. My siblings never 'got it' - but that didn't matter. The biggest doubter was I. Knowledge is like food. It must be constantly replenished! :-)

      Fantastic hub - so great to get this peek into who you are, Maria! I love it.

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      7 years ago

      I love this record of your learning, your inspirations, and how your comfort with yourself developed over the years. When we are younger we think we know a lot more than we actually do. As we get older we realize that the excitement in life is always to learn more from our experiences and opportunities. Thank you so much for sharing this dear Maria. You are a wonderful friend.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      All I can remember today of Latin is 'amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant,' while I scored 90-100% in all tests! (I think I was a pink parrot!)

      The amo, Maria!

      But seriously, I was not serious about learning while I was supposed to be; I caught up in my 30's, when I had an compulsive urge to learn what I must have learned in order to be the me I dreamed I would have been at that time...

      Did I make sense?

      If only I knew what I should have known at the right time...

      What a fabulous song! ~ Peggy Lee: I Don't Know Enough About You...

      Mar, I enjoyed your perspective on 'what do you not know'. Voted up and useful, especially to those who are still not knowing themselves and their abilities.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I could fill a book with the things I know nothing about, and isn't that fantastic? Think of all the learning I have before me.

      The great struggle of man, the battle between ego and humility. The closer I come to humility the more at peace I am.

      Wonderful reflections my dear friend.



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      7 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      "I embrace my ignorance! . . . I love the process of learning new things"

      This, I think, may be the secret to being comfortable with yourself and with others - and most particularly as you ad that you love the process of learning "from people". So many folks remain kind of dumb specifically because they are uncomfortable flatly announcing 'I don't know' and happily asking others who do know . . . some people are so fearful of appearing stupid that they actually stay stupid rather than learn. I actually have no discomfort at all acknowledging I don't know something and asking others to inform me, and that's why I'm the smartest of our little group - yes, it's my striking humility that makes me better than others.


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