a reply to: Peeple
It starts in school.
Here is math. These are integers. When a number re-appears, we call it a constant...
Then you find that those integers do not describe everything. Then you find there are irrational numbers. Then there are real numbers. Then there are
imaginary numbers. Then, and only then, do you find out that mathematicians do not even know everything about integers!
Simple questions that you can explain to any kid who knows how to add, subtract, and multiply, you can explain the Goldbach Conjecture to. You can
demonstrate Collatz Conjecture. You can show them the Sieve of Eratosthenes then explain the Twin Prime Conjecture.
There is no Truth that is known. Just more unknowns. And it is not just maths. All aspects of life are touched by not knowing. Not just personal
doubts, but big, capital "G" things that everybody seems to believe in. Society. Epistemology. Anything ending, "ology".
What to do? Be angry and rage against the machine? Hate people for being stupid? (Oh, how I wish I could be fat, slow witted, and stupid!! I would
probably have had kids, a family, two marriages, alimony, you know, all those "grown up" things we are all supposed to have/do). Hate people for being
smart? Maybe hate somebody's political point of view?
Nah! Dump the hate. Work smarter, not harder. Let the frustration just be. Allow yourself the luxury of "not knowing." When you calm down, you can
join the greatest scavenger hunt in the history of mankind! Knowledge for knowledge's sake. And maybe (there it is again!), just maybe, you kick a
rock over and find a nugget of gold (i.e., knowledge). Now comes the part where wisdom comes into play. Do you jump up and down yelling, "Eureka!!"
drawing attention to yourself or do you casually drop it in your pocket, look around, get your bearings, and make a mental note to come back later?
Being wise about your knowledge is tough work! And it does not immediately pay off if you are wise. But it does take away that frustration. It gives
you a better perspective. You no longer hate people for being stupid just sort of sad for them. Because you know that one day you are going back to
secret spot to see what else you might find.
That is my last several years of wisdom I can share. What I have come to realize. I've been at the frustrated (and quite frankly, angry) place but
trust me! It changes. Things become wondrous again. Honestly, the frustration does not "go away" but it no longer guides your life; your reactions;
Hope that helps!
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