I never know as much as when I don’t know anything.
In Philadelphia Story, written by Philip Barry, a character says, “The time to make up your mind about people, is never.”
Do you agree? Can we judge each other? Does someone who seems confident and sure of the facts really have the answers? I find that the biggest barrier to having good conversations is when people’s minds are already made up. Then no discussion is possible — it becomes people trying to explain what an idiot you are for not agreeing with them. Having an open mind, believing you always have more to learn about the world, being open to hearing and empathizing with other people, that is the best way to approach other people.
Writing Tip: My post is an epigram, a short form of poetry or witticism.
Kathryn Apel, a fantastic Aussie poet, described epigrams in last week’s Poetry Friday, and her link offers this self-defining example:
What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
And this clever quip:
I can resist everything but temptation.
— Oscar Wilde