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“I don’t know” is a good response

July 22, 2018

I ran into an old friend recently. He does research at Harvard University. A very bright fellow. I observed during our conversation that he responded, “I don’t know” to many of my questions. Since then I’ve reflected on that conversation and realized the wisdom of his response. I think about the things that I know with absolute certainty; it is a short list. Anything that I say outside this list is pure speculation. Sadly, I often speak with an air of confidence and certainty, when consciously or unconsciously I know that I really don’t “know” and am just making things up. I’ve decided that the mark of a wise person is one who is willing to say, “I don’t know.” I am going to say, “I don’t know” a lot more often from now on.