Monday, March 22, 2010

... Musings ...

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." ~WILL DURANT~

I found it was hard for me to except "ignorance" in my own life. I always counted my self, if anything, not ignorant. But my pride, which has gone the way of the dodo, prevented me from seeing truth of my limited knowledge about most topics.

Facebook has been good to point out my short comings when debating others. I speak mostly on religious topics because that is my background, but I would dabble in evolution, abiogenesis and cosmology with an arrogance of higher learning which had no substance. It didn't take long for me to become a 'listener' to those kinds of debates not just a participant, eating a bunch of crow will do that to you. I quickly learned that my logic and critical thinking skills were lacking. It's with these new and growing skills that have sharpened my knowledge base, increasing it to a far more stable footing. After all in the book I studied for half of my life so far illustrates the point of ignorance passing on ignorance quite well, "If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." ~Matthew 15:14~

Websters define's ignorance as : the state or fact of being ignorant : lack of knowledge, education, or awareness. Remember, it has nothing to do with ones ability to learn, or where they were educated, it only means there is a gap that needs to be filled. That was a hard pill for me to swallow but once it's down, it provides a challenge to increase my knowledge, education and awareness. I'm ignorant, about a great many things but what I do about it is the true test. I will say it again, I'm ignorant, but then again so are you, and everyone else. Take ignorance as the marker or litmus test for the need to improve, trust me, I'm a doctor... not really but it sounds good, so I will leave you with this quote,
"If the King's English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me!" ~MA FERGUSON, Governor of Texas (circa 1920)~

~Just in case you don't get it, Jesus spoke Aramaic, Hebrew and maybe even Latin or Greek, not English.