I can’t help but tilt my head in awe as some adults forget everything they learn in school, for they believe that once they have a degree, learning is over. At least, the only kind of learning they know of is over. They haven’t pursued the other side to learning yet. I stare with my mouth open in both horror and curiosity as they talk gibberish and nonsense, making things up as they go about a subject they are completely clueless on. And then they are crushed by the experts, every word they say is proven wrong, and their credibility and authority are drained into a fraction of what it once was. Just because they couldn’t bring themselves to say “I don’t know.”
Just like that, they are no longer in it to learn. They aren’t in it to expand their view of the world as they know it. It isn’t about their simple desire to know more; it is the desire to know more than everyone else. All because of this “natural intelligence” lie.