Trust in your own understanding. That sounds practical and right.

But…”don’t trust your own understanding” is what the Ancient Proverb (3:5) says.

Wait just a minute! We are supposed to trust our own understanding. Isn’t that the point of schooling. We are taught to gain a body of facts and formulas so we can figure things out and be successful.

While this may work for everyday hard-skill things like boiling water (once we figure out the math) and flying to the moon (once we figure out the math), it is much less reliable with everyday soft-skill things such as listening, empathizing, caring, and building genuine trust.

Arrogant Knowledge says, “I know, I know, and, if I could only teach you, we’d all know. Why don’t you listen? Somethings wrong with you. ”

Humble Knowledge says, “I know a about few things, like boiling eggs and, perhaps, space travel. After that, it’s a listener and learner’s journey.”

Arrogant Knowledge says, “I already know you enough (in fact, too well!) Frankly, I’m not sure how much more I want to know about you because it may disrupt what I already know.  Of course, I do want you to know me, sort of, at least the part I know about so you can appreciate me. Just don’t pry.”

Humble Knowledge says, “I’m pretty sure I know a lot less than I thought I knew about those soft-skills. I’m going to try to listen a bit longer than the average human attention span of eight seconds. However, it’s painfully hard; plus, I’m good at looking like I’m being attentive, so please be patient with me and check on me once in a while—like every seven to nine seconds.”

Hurry and click reply within the next eight seconds before one of us drifts! I’d love to know your thoughts about Arrogant or Humble Knowledge and stuff like that…I think. Well, at least I know I think!