So Stupid it’s Smart

Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment, so if knowing “nothing” implies “having knowledge,” then which is it? Wisdom is gained through experience, and experience by learning from our mistakes. Mistakes might make us look foolish, but again, foolishness is a trait of high wisdom.

So foolish mistakes can provide knowledge, which is a component of wisdom. Wisdom is knowing nothing, and knowing nothing leads to mistakes – at which point is a person decidedly one or the other? Or both? Neither? Again, does it matter?

“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

CHER

If we know that we know nothing, but know a great deal of nothing, and knowing nothing leads to us knowing more nothing, then what is it we actually know? As such, wouldn’t it be considered even wiser (in pursuit of wisdom) to invest a great deal of time, effort, and thought towards knowing nothing?

Interestingly enough, every great discovery and advancement throughout history could be considered an example of exactly this. To pursue knowledge is to pursue that which we do not know, so it could be said that the smartest things ever to happen were due to investing a great deal into the dumbest endeavors.

Think about it, at the time, going to the moon was quite possibly the dumbest idea possible. Whoever decided to put grown ass adults into a monster bottle rocket that was equipped with a B&W TV-era computer equivalent to a simple calculator today. Sure it’s cool, and fuck the Russians back then, but seriously, my phone is 1000X more powerful than that, and I still struggle to do adulting effectively. Those guys went to the fucking moon.

Think of everything that was discovered by accident: Penicillin, the microwave, velcro, and a personal favorite, LSD. The smartest results from the dumbest shit that smart people do is straight Bussin. Intentionally doing the dumbest things would normally be considered stupid, immature, or otherwise foolish; however, if we remember being foolish is actually the wisest thing to do.