When did we lost the art of saying, ‘you know what, I don’t know’ or ‘wouldn’t have a clue’. When did everyone get so over-educated, and terrified of not being educated? It’s gotten to the point where people would prefer to say anything, even if untrue than admit they don’t know what they’re talking about. Take a political topic, a global environmental issue, a workplace problem, amongst a gazillion hot topics, and people will sweat and squirm and outright lie before being honest.
I committed to saying ‘I don’t know’ as much as needed a while back. It’s kind of scary in situations you don’t want to seem like an idiot in. But I realized fudging ended up making me seem like a bigger fool, so I let that go. And it’s confronting as people can get really upset, exclaiming ‘how can you NOT know about X??!!’. Our answer back can be, because we choose to know about other stuff, or it can be that we honestly can’t be across everything.
And we must embrace the uncomfortable over the untruthful. We must acknowledge with honesty, and address things with sweet truth. For one, how will the universe ever take everything we say and ask for seriously otherwise?
Sent with love,