The older I get the more I realize how little I know.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
January 23, 2012 9:05am CST
How many of you over fifty or more, or maybe even younger,have noticed this? I have been thinking that I often act and speak as if I had the answers to many of life's questions, but the truth is I don't. When we are young we are sure about a lot of things, but as we get older we see that everything isn't always black and white, there are a lot of grey areas. I guess we were never meant to know all the secrets of life and we just have to accept that fact. What are your thoughts?
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@timetravel (1428)
• United States
24 Jan 12
What we know more of as we age is that we don't always have the answers - many problems have no right or wrong. There are grey areas everywhere. When we are little it's easy to yell, "It's his fault!" or "It's not my fault!". Blame becomes passe as we age because it accomplishes nothing. I think in terms of conserving energy as we age, and not making mountains out of molehills. Once you hit fifty you realize over half your life has passed by....and you only have so much time to realize your dreams or aspirations - whatever they may be. We can choose to spend the rest of our time bickering over the small stuff, or just forging ahead and continuing with our quest to live life to the fullest before it's gone.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 12
Hi timetravel, Thank you for sharing those thoughts. Blessings.
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• United States
24 Jan 12
you're welcome!
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@Ki1ljoy (11)
23 Jan 12
I'm just starting to figure that out actually. Most of that is my little brother's fault. He's seven. Not to mention he has a few interests that make it hard to answer him most of the time. He's interested in science and science fiction. So as you can guess most of the questions are directed that way. Like he asked me what would happen if a space ship could go through a black hole at an incredible speed and escape it's gravity. How do you answer a question like that? At the time I told him the ship would be torn apart but honestly I didn't know. That's what I've started to tell him in fact. Thankfully he's turned quite a few of those questions to robotics and at least I can answer most of those. (I think) I just hope he doesn't come up with anything worse than that. Pelting me with all those hard questions is starting to make me feel a little daft. (Even though I know I'm not)
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 12
Hi Ki1joy, Thank you for your response and your little brother seems to have lots of questions. Blessings.
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@Roizback (65)
• Netherlands
23 Jan 12
I have never feeld that I knew allot. Their are only a few people that know allot. The others just know allot about a couple of subject. If you know you don't know everything then you have a good view of yourself. You should always try to find answers and ask allot becasue that will make your knowledge bigger.
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• Netherlands
23 Jan 12
That's try but it's still possible to know suge things. Because at school we have a special lesson each week that's about life ,the question about life and where to find those answers. So we talk allot about those kind of subjects and get the knowledge of the teachers. So I think 17 years old "kids" can have some knowledge about it.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Jan 12
Hi Roizback, Thank you for your comment and no matter our age we all know something. Sometimes we think that we know a great deal more than we do. When we get older however, we have more time to think about life and realize that we know very little about life itself. Blessings.
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@Gordano (792)
• United States
30 Jan 12
Hello pose123, Actually it is very good that you realized this, the fact that human beings know very little is recorded in the Holy Qura'n, and this fact will remain so till the end of times, since the Holy Qura'n is the final version of God's divine revelation to the humanity, completing what previously mentioned in the Holy Torah and the Holy Gospel. [017:085] They are asking thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little. and I said it is very good that you realized this because Some of the Salaf stated: "A man continues to have knowledge so long as he continues to seek knowledge, once he believes he is knowledgeable – he is ignorant." now you can say that you are OK be happy my dear friend, go now and celebrate, do your victory dance, and have a great day :)
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
3 Feb 12
Hi Gordano, Thank you for your response and I believe it to be true, there will always be much more to learn, compared to how little we know. Blessings friend.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Jan 12
Hi Pose! This is certainly something that I can relate to. I have been fortunate enough to have been on both sides of the fence..well..above, below it, and sometimes hanging from the side of it too. Some people might not consider it fortunate, but the truth is that I have learned so much about perspectives and situations from my experiences that I can't think of it any other way than being fortunate. That is also subject to change as I learn in the future that perhaps these perspectives and situations were not as they seemed either. I love the description of gray areas and the fact that life can not be described as black or white. There is a diversity in the world that prevents anything from being black or white. Of course as a teen, we have it all figured out,then in our twenties, we realize it wasn't like we thought to begin with...then in our thirties..we can't blame anything on being twenty anymore. I don't think we are ever meant to learn all the secrets if life either and if we are, it is when we can't share them.i think that's ok too though. It is the journey and learning what we do that makes it worth while anyway.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
29 Jan 12
Hi JenInTN, Thank you for sharing that really great response.Blessings.
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• Mexico
28 Jan 12
Hi Pose: Life is so short. I'm just 23 but I think just the same. The more people I know the more I realize that there are so many ways to see the world, so many things specially on the "big questions". Even if I can never bee so sure to say that I have all the answers not even for one of these questions I think that we can find our own truth which is just an approximation to the universal truth by discussing, reading, meeting people and always keep asking ourselves about these things even if we can't get the answers. ALVARO
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
28 Jan 12
Hi starsailover, Thank you for your response. I feel that you are wise beyond your years. You and others your age are the future of this world and you give me reason for hope. Blessings.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
25 Jan 12
I think everyone comes to that realization often as they get older. And it is only going to get much more so with age to say the very least, as we grow older. There are just going to be a lot of times where the generation gap just tends to get blown open with what is common knowledge. And there are things where we once thought we know a lot about, but really, we don't really know all that much about. Life holds a multitude of secrets and perhaps we have been able to uncover more than a few. However, there are just going to be a lot of times where we just tend to really just have deluded even ourselves with our knowledge. And even if we know a lot, there are is someone who knows more, that will make it rather seem like we know very little. There are just going to be some times where we are quite humbled.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
25 Jan 12
Hi megamatt, I agree with you completely and thanks for those insights. I think we all need to be humbled once in a while, so perhaps it is fitting. Blessings.
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@peavey (16487)
• United States
24 Jan 12
Oh, yes. Someone once said, "You don't know anything until you realize how little you know." I think the older we get, the more we realize how variable things are and how many "absolutes" are only absolutes until the situation changes. I'd like to think that was wisdom, but I don't know for sure.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 12
Hi peavey, I completely agree and thank you for sharing. Blessings.
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• Romania
23 Jan 12
I think this is true. As you get older, you gain more knowledge and you realize that nothing is what it seems to be. You get a different view on things after an intense experience. You may find out things you weren't prepared to know and this can change you completely.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 12
Hi blademaiden, Thank you for sharing and I agree. Blessings.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jan 12
This has been my feeling for a long time. Whenever you read something or learn something the feeling of inadequacy hits you. I have always felt how little we know compared to what is available. Learning is a never ending thing. THe same is true of life's experiences too.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Jan 12
Hi kalav, That is very true, thank you for sharing. Blessings.
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
23 Jan 12
i guess this is because the world is changing more rapidly than ever before but for me, it doesnt really bother me, yet! lol!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Jan 12
Hi cher, Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
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@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
23 Jan 12
There was a time I thought I could learn forever. Now I don't see the need of it anymore. I learned enough, I have more as 1, even more as 5 professions. I travelled, I had way more life experiences (not the good ones) as most people will ever have in their entire life already at the age of 16. I am tired of this all. I also found out that there is a moment you should enjoy and not just being busy with learning and sweating and gathering more and more information. It won't make you happier. There are other things more value. I don't feel the need to know all secrets. The more you know the more sorrows/problems you have. Your brains will never stop thinking. Knowing a lot is a burden.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 Jan 12
Hi WakeUpKitty, Some very good thoughts here, thank you for sharing.
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jan 12
hi Pose there was an old german saying too soon old and too late smart which is how I feel at times whem my 53 year old son tells me I am really wrong about such and such. Knowing how smart he is I seldom doubt what he says but it makes me feel that there's much I have not learned yet. lol so I shall keep on learning each day no matter how old I get .People are always saying you must be wise at your age,well perhaps and perhaps not too. I get such a charge out of discussions lambasting parents for being stu bborn and not up on current things. okay Oddly when these 18 year olds turn 20 or 30 they get shocked that those old fuddyduddy parents are really pretty smart after all. lol lol
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 12
Hi Hatley, I know exactly what you mean, I have three sons lol! We do learn from living but than we realize that there are a lot of grey areas. Blessings.
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