I love to learn. Don’t you?
The world is full of mystery and wonder, and I am surrounded by people dedicated to developing themselves and doing good in the world. It’s all so fascinating and inspiring.
And of course, there’s plenty of suffering and cause for concern out there too. It can be quite overwhelming. I don’t watch the news much, but when I do I am struck by the level of certainty people express. Especially about things that are incapable of being “known” in an absolute sense.
“It’s impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus
How difficult it must be to prop up a “certain” posture. Especially when evidence appears that discredit your position. What recourse is there for the certain but to lash out, call names, and insulate themselves in little guilds of gullibility?
“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” — James Stephens
Curiosity requires courage, especially in the face of certainty and confidence. And curiosity and courage are required to effectively employ our creative capacity to learn and create, to tackle challenges, to solve interesting problems, and to find our way through difficult situations and circumstances.
Where are the moments in your life that would benefit from adopting a more curious and courageous posture (and a less certain and confident one)?
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This another in a weekly series of emails delivering nothing but inspiration and value. If you liked it (or if you didn’t), let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a suggested topic for me to unpack? I’d love to hear it!
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