Thursday, November 12, 2015

I refuse to believe I know everything.

There's a tendency to be a know-it-all these days--or at least to think you know it all. The internet and our smart phones make it easy to Google any topic, and a cursory glance through the first few headlines on a search results page can trick us into thinking we "get" something.

It's something I know I'm guilty of, and I'd argue that most of us do it without even realizing it. "Oh yeah, I browsed a longread on that this morning," is what we're really thinking when we're saying out loud, "Yes, I read that and am knowledgeable enough to discuss it."


This year I've been challenging myself to step away from that habit and to admit when there's something I don't know and really take the time to learn--to learn about issues and people and pop culture references and more. It's not that I haven't been doing that at all; it's just that I've gotten lazy about doing it daily and about doing it with issues that become buried in fights on social media and politicians sweeping over the narratives with broad brushes.

And I know some of you are reading this and rolling your eyes because you make a daily habit of really reading and learning, and I commend you for it and am inspired by your thirst for knowledge. I'm just saying that, for me personally, it's been this odd struggle over the last year or two of realizing that I've relied too much on 60-character headlines and talking points to think I know everything about anything.

Basically, working on the internet 24/7 has made me realize how damn lazy I'd gotten in the years since leaving school when it comes to challenging myself to learn about completely new things. Even with subjects that I do know about and have studied and reported on and discussed in-depth, there's always more to learn--and I want to keep learning. I do, I really do. Like the title of this blog post says: I refuse to believe I know everything.

This blog post might seem a little "hashtag basic" and is hardly groundbreaking, but it's just been on my mind. The first step is to admit you have a problem, right?

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