Knowing

What do we know? 

For one, we know that people love to know things. People love knowing things so much that sometimes they will PRETEND to know something that they virtually know nothing about. Unfortunately, pretending to know something that we know nothing about leads to even more people unknowingly not knowing what they think they know.

You may need to read that paragraph again. Especially the closing sentence. It’s a whiz banger. I’ll wait while you read it again…

So you got it? Cool. It took me reading it a few times to get it and I wrote it. But in all fairness, that’s how I write. First I type my thought, then I read it. The opening paragraph took me a few edits to get right. But I digress. Let me get back to what I started.

We don’t know a lot more than what we do know. Which is a gross understatement. But it’s the truth AND it’s normal. But we want to know things. That’s human nature. A lot of us pride ourselves on knowing things. It’s almost embarrassing for some of us to not know something about a particular thing. But that’s how we confuse others… by pretending to know what we don’t know.

There are many examples of bad information that’s propagated this way. By someone acting or believing that they know something they don’t. 

For simple’s sake, I’m going to pick Global Warming as my example. Sorry for the pun, but global warming is a hot topic these days. 

What do we actually know about “global warming”? We are measuring increasing temperatures at many locations across the planet. We’ve been doing that for quite a while now. What does that tell us? It tells us that we’re warming up. But why? Are we cooking ourselves with rampant technology or is our planet undergoing a natural thermal cycle stemming from say, phases of the sun’s cosmic weather? Our solar system path around our galaxy center encountering hot interstellar dust? I digress again… or was that regress? My English is terrible.

What do we know?

On the flip side of the warming theory is the cooling theory. The Earth is billions of years old and has cooled from when it first started. In fact, some cosmologists believe that the entire universe is cooling down from when it first started and will eventually freeze. 

What do we know? 

We know that we love to know things. And some of us like to sound knowledgeable and important to everyone else. But we get into trouble when we do that.

When it gets right down to brass tacks about a lot of things… 

God only knows.

We do better to listen sometimes.

This post is dedicated to Windy Poplars. Who wishes, in essence, that more people would stop and smell the flowers… Thanks Windy, me too!

By Ed Caldwell

Except for some unavoidable honey-dos, I pretty much goof off for a living now. My last career job was designing internet operating circuit boards along with a distinguished team of engineers, managers and support personnel. Prior to that I was an electronics technician evolving into circuit board design in the defense industry working with tactical missile systems. My first career job was a professional artist. During my younger years I worked many odd jobs beginning at age nine with a newspaper delivery route.

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