This Carl Jung Quote Will Humble the Know-It-All Right Out of You

You can’t offer anything to someone who thinks they know it all.

Elevated to God’s plane, the know-it-all thinks their knowledge base amounts to Olympus.

They do not look up at curiosity, they look down and vanquish it in the process. There is no more a know-it-all can learn. And that, quite frankly, is a state of true ignorance.

A state of true ignorance is thinking that you are not ignorant.

There is one difference between a know-it-all and a true expert: The expert still maintains his lowly child-like curiosity while having the autonomy of an adult to chip away at it.

Carl Jung was one of these experts.

You know you made it when you birthed a whole psychological field named after yourself.

Jung said, “Modern men do not see God because they do not look low enough.”

This quote illustrates that importance of maintaining a state of ignorance, something like the Zen Buddhist’s notion of cultivating a “beginners mind.”

Too many are unwarranted experts in fields they have no place in.

The know-it-all is restrictive.

To see yourself as perpetually less and less ignorant, but still ignorant overall, is freedom.

Making Friends with Your Ignorance

If you can make friends with your own ignorance, then you open up the landscape of revelation to everything. – Jordan Peterson from Biblical Series: Exodus (Daily Wire)

Humans are finite.

With that, our ignorance is here to stay. So, it is best to befriend your ignorance as you chip it away with insight, experience, and wisdom.

But no matter how much you pay off that ignorance debt, it will remain inexhaustible. When you adopt the mindset that ignorance is inexhaustible, you are free to explore. Scratch that, you will feel obligated to explore your curiosity.

As time goes, it is natural to transition from a curious novice to a rigid expert.

However, the greats never do this.

Richard Feynman, the astrophysicist extraordinaire, made a habit of stopping this natural regression. He kept a notebook with open-ended questions he was pondering. Then, as he went about his work, he would record insights along the way to answer these questions.

This is effective because it takes advantage of our reticular activating system (RAS) and its function to pay attention to things we find pertinent. If we think we know it all, we don’t prime our RAS with anything that excites our curiosity. Because when we know it all, nothing will trigger interest.

The only excitement a know-it-all has is the boost to their ego when they look too high at themselves. How restrictive is that?

Ignorance, on the other hand, is prone to expansion.

Go Forth, You Stupid Kid

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14 (KJB)

You’re stupid. I’m stupid. We’re all stupid.

By reading this far, I hope you get the sense that I mean stupid in the most positive way.

Now I present us dumbo’s with a challenge of a lifetime:

Have the ignorance and imagination that characterized your childhood and couple it with your wisdom and the ability to act on it in adulthood.

With that mindset, we actualize the kingdom of heaven on earth!


Share & #sparkperception

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *