Continuing the topic of intellectual humility, I wanted to explore my own boundaries of curiosity and venture into the land of anti-vaxxers and flat earth society.
Would I be able to break down my own sense of superiority and try to look at the reasons why our society is becoming so polarised that on one believes anything?
This article by Charles Eisenstein gives a lot of insight into the collapse of trustfullness in our society and explores conspiracy theories as a myth that helps to shine light into the shadows.
My favorite bit in the article:
"The British scientist Rupert Sheldrake told me about a talk he gave to a group of scientists who were working on animal behaviour at a prestigious British University. He was talking about his research on dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and other telepathic phenomena in domestic animals. The talk was received with a kind of polite silence. But in the following tea break all six of the senior scientists who were present at the seminar came to him one by one, and when they were sure that no one else was listening told him they had had experiences of this kind with their own animals, or that they were convinced that telepathy is a real phenomenon, but that they could not talk to their colleagues about this because they were all so straight."
Dogs know things, right?
Almost all of us experience the fact that they understand the world with much more depth than we assume, however, we do not know the mechanisms behind it.
But it does not mean that it does not exist.
When I was 19 year old student in London I had a feeling I know so much about the world. I had opinions and shared them freely with whoever would listen.
With years I felt like I know less and less. Recently I realised that my arrogance is my biggest enemy and tried to speak less, listen more.
To admit that I don't know.
Not even me as an flawed individual but rather our whole civilization. There is so much that is outside of human knowledge, outside of our sophisticated machinery, beyond the reach of causality or explanation.
"I don't know" is a valid position to be in, it's not a failure or ignorance, but a humbling yet powerful starting point of exploration.
It is so beautiful to see the community of people who are not afraid to venture beyond the boundaries of their current knowledge grow.
Qoorio is not only about sharing what you know, but about opening this massive opportunity that lies within the unknown.
10 years ago my first novel "Neišsipildymas" was published (sorry, no English translation yet). It wasn't a best seller, but stirred quite a wild debate in literary circles and got shortlisted for Most Creative Books of 2010 Award.
This winter we did a small anniversary edition with a minimal, yet classy red cover which I love ❤️
The story is set in pre-social media Europe and depicts wild times in Parisian squats and the darkness of Barcelona streets. Two young women travel, create music and desperately try to define their identity longing to find their own voices.
However, now I'm over 30 and this story no longer belongs to me, so I have invited Vikę and Mariją (tagged in the comments below, go and check their profiles) to create communication for the new edition.
They did a wonderful job depicting the fragile and wholesome nature of youth. There is something very delicate about their pictures and quotes from the book they have chosen to share.
As an artist I do not want to be in control of my work and wish for the stories to live on, change meaning and become fluid, so it was a very good experiment to learn how to let go.
Young people see the world in a unique way, so I really encourage you to engage youth via Qoorio or other channels. By sharing your life learnings or inviting to help with a project, you not only give an opportunity to grow for the next generation, but learn a lot yourself.
Really good short video on importance of intellectual humility and the power behind admitting that ALL of us are sometimes wrong.
I have noticed that the more I admire the person and think they are exceptionally smart, the more that person would shake head and talk about how much she doesn't know yet.
Intelligent people come to peace with their own ignorance and take it as a positive departure point for their personal journey.
Yuval Harari attributes the current scientic achievements to the fact that at some point we as society discovered how much we don't know.
This Sunday I wish you all to discover your own personal ignorance and share the journey with the rest of us on here, on Qoorio.