The Ben Folds principle of ignorance

Something I think about a lot are these lyrics from the Ben Folds song “Bastard”:

You get smaller as the world gets big
The more you know you know you don’t know shit
“The whiz man” will never fit you like “the whiz kid” did
So why you gotta act like you know when you don’t know?
It’s okay if you don’t know everything

This is such a simple concept that applies to a variety of situations, whether it’s politicians spouting off nonsense or insecure people projecting false confidence to mask a deeper fear.

It’s OK if you don’t know everything. In fact, it’s better when you don’t. Say “I don’t know, I need to learn” instead.