A (not so) friendly reminder that higher education doesn’t go hand in hand with higher intelligence

Check out the Dunning-Kruger effect which accidentally relates to this writing:

I thought it was a common sense that we should be nice to each other. True, the way we define nice is not always the same. But I think most people agree that there are things that is considered nice regardless our different opinion. Like, smiling to each other, saying three magic words: help/sorry/thank you, and being understanding.

I don’t get how come some people are so self righteous. You are never fully right, whatever your title/education/knowledge is, and I hope you realize that. We can never be perfect, we can never perfectly know anything because in the end, we will realize that there are things beyond our knowledge. The more you know, the more you question, remember? But sadly, it’s people who know little that tend to become the know-it-all.

Scio me nihil scire*

There are things beyond knowledge, beyond the idea that we have and it’s okay if you don’t achieve it yet. Everything takes time and we are getting there. You just have to admit that you don’t know, and embrace it. If you admit — and embrace the fact — that you don’t know, you will listen. By listening, you open up to others.

I realize that open minded people aren’t the ones who are opposing mainstream opinions, but they who are open to new ideas without belittling another.

The more we become righteous, the further we are from being understanding. Remember that the world doesn’t revolve around you, and what you do will affect other people. Have a little bit more of consideration, take time to listen and talk less if you only talk for the sake of replying. Just listen to what people say. We got a couple of ears and only one mouth, after all. Give your ears a chance, try to listen more and by that you will realize,

how many things you collect just by listening.

a letter for my future self,

Jakarta, 31st December 2017

*Scio me nihil scire is a quote claimed by Socrates, meaning “I know that I know nothing”[1].

[1] Gail Fine. 2008. “Does Socrates Claim to Know that He Knows Nothing?”. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy vol. 35, 49 — 88.



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