Everybody is Ignorant

One of my favorite humorists of all time is Will Rogers. He was born in the late 1800's and his simple wit and wisdom captured the hearts of many. Some of his statements carry so much wisdom in their simplicity. 

That is the case with the one below.

Everybody - Will Rogers

"Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects." – Will Rogers

I see this as a statement of humility; recognizing the limitations we all have. While we may be knowledgeable, even an expert, on one topic, we may be completely ignorant of another. While I do rather well with technology, I do NOT do well at all when it comes to cooking. But, that is an area where my wife shines.

Recognizing our limitations is not a bad thing. In fact, I believe it should be considered a strength. Knowing and admitting where we need help gives us the freedom to seek out somebody more knowledgeable or skilled so that the project/job/meal is done correctly.

There is a Japanese proverb which Mr. Rogers may have agreed with that carries much the same sentiment:

None of us is as smart as all of us.

As you consider those around you this week, look for where they shine not where they are ignorant. Because where they shine, YOU might be ignorant. As much as some of us may hate to admit it, we aren't "all that" on many of the topics we wish we were.

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