50 Things I have learned in 50 years – Day 24

There is less than a month until I turn 50. I have been sharing some of the things I have learned over the years the last month (#50until50) and have been surprised with some of them. Why is my list better than someone else’s? Why do I think the lessons I have learned are better than others? Honest answer? I don’t. I am just happy that I have not stayed stagnant and I have committed myself to a well examined life.

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I know you’re thinking, ‘What else could you have learned?’ Which brings me to #24

The enemy is fear…..and ignorance.

I believe wholeheartedly that education should be available to everyone. However, I do understand that going to school is not in everyone’s best interest or even a possibility. But, to be clear, ignorance is a choice. Being uninformed and denying that you can easily pick up a book or get information of any kind at any time is a choice.

Saying ‘I’m not a scientist’ and following that up with ‘but I believe…’ then you show how stupid and ignorant you are. If anything education has taught me is that I know some things but what I do not know I defer to the experts. An expert is not a shill or some asshole who has decided he is a ‘guru’ or ‘master’ or ‘ninja’.

I have always had very little patience for stupid people. That has never changed. As I get older, I find that I am willing to bend backwards to teach those who want to be taught but get stiff backed if you insist on sharing your uninformed thoughts. Ultimately, it makes me happy to remove stupid from my life.

Come back for the next 26 days and see what else I have learned.

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