So, everyday, I get a quote from the Einstein widget at widgetbox.com.
Today, the quote was, “As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.”
At first, this seemed to be a rather negative statement and I felt a little resentment. Why would a genius like Einstein believe that more knowledge is detrimental to growth? Then, I thought, he wouldn’t. He’s a genius. And I am not a genius, so I took the time to listen to him more closely. Then, I heard him say that as we get smarter, we find that there is more that we do not know. I heard him say, Knowledge, in itself, is humbling.
I meet folks all the time who purport to know it all, or seem to know it all. Those around them look at the knowitall starry-eyed and others try to make the knowitall look stupid, so they can look smarter. Yet, when those knowitalls recognize that “all” is really not knowable, they show they are truly wise. The circumference of darkness is part of the knowing.
So, Let us create a new reality, where it is ok to be humbled by the depth of knowledge we have and share it with others. What a wonderful place it would be. I would like to live there.