“Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway.”
Anonymous (not me)
Astute observation about knowing things and understanding the world. Several helpful life lessons here:
Because things are supposed to be one way does not mean they will always be that way.
We move through most of our days expecting things to work the way we understand and expect them to work. The lights come on, the coffee perks, and the traffic moves … all according to plan.
Until something does not work the way it always has.
Ever stumble over something you did not expect to be where it actually was? Ever have someone drive a car differently than they are supposed to?
Prudence is almost always okay, even when it is not needed.
Much is made of the need for initiative and rapid movement, especially in this online, 24/7, fast-moving world. Careers are made and extinguished in the blink of an eye, as our basic assumptions are challenged and our preconceptions wiped out within a very short time frame.
We do not have decades to change direction and we cannot put the hard decisions off until “tomorrow”.
This does not mean we are excused from due diligence and following that quintessential motherly advice to “Be careful.”
Looking both ways takes more time and may make you look like a cautious person and even silly to some. Just think how you would appear as a flatly squished victim.
Rules are rules, but behavior is up to each individual.
Some of us (including me) are real into following rules. We like the comfort of knowing where our boundaries are and how far our limits extend. Those who ignore or violate the daily conventions, rules, and laws are looked down on as amoral or childish, while we take great pride in “doing what’s right”.
Of course, those lawbreakers may get all the good stuff, but we have our righteousness on which to fall back:)
Rules ARE important, but the reality is that not everyone follows the rules and at some point, everyone bends or breaks those societal expectations.
Maybe they drive the wrong way down the street or maybe they simply do something different than you expected.
Okay, this really is not about looking both ways on a one-way street, although I do this, I taught my children to do this, and am teaching my grandchildren to do so as well. This is about realizing that knowledge is based on what we already know and that’s not enough to be successful in life.
You have to know enough to know when to go beyond what you know:)
Trying to figure out what I know and what I need to know in the Heartland ….