Ignorance and arrogance…

“It’s very difficult to dispel ignorance if you retain arrogance.”

(Sam Wilson, in Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’)


I think this applies both to the effort to dispel another’s ignorance, as well as to thinking your own can be corrected.

2 thoughts on “Ignorance and arrogance…

  1. Yes, I agree. How can I get beyond my own ignorance if I think I know already everything that is important. Arrogance may be an effort to conceal one’s own ignorance, which I take to mean limiting beliefs. And how can I help someone expand beyond theirs, if I have not done so with mine.

    • Thanks for commenting, Thom. Yes, it takes a certain amount of self-awareness / humility to recognize one’s own limits of knowledge. One definition of arrogance is not even leaving room for the possibility of being uninformed or incorrect or unconsciously biased.

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