I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's January 6th, 2021. I'm glad you're here.
When I started this podcast last week. I just jumped in. And now in kind of like to go back to the beginning for a minute. I realized that saying something like ignorance is the source, that's one of our values. That's where we're starting from. But what does that mean to me? And why am I using it as the basis, for the beginning, of this whole endeavor. So we're going to start there. With what ignorance is the source of. In my brain.
"A child said, what is the grass? Fetching it to me with full hands. How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he." - Walt Whitman
I love this quote.
When our son Wyatt was born, I used to joke with my wife. That it will be funny to raise him believing that the sky was green or some other color.
Because the names we give to things, are just the names that have been given to them. I used to think about this a lot, how all knowledge came to be. There's a great book by Bill Bryson, that I really recommend called A Short History of Nearly Everything. And it goes back through a scientific perspective of basically how we learned about the world that we live in.
How we know what we do.
So, when I think about this idea of ignorance is the source. I use it as the starting point. I think it's the source of all knowledge. And the deeper we dive, the more we realize. That things like grass. Things like trees. Rivers. Birds. Although, my son is still trying to convince me that birds aren't real.
I think you can look that up on the internet. But all of these things, are part of our landscape. But how they came to be. It's kind of this eternal mystery that we all live with.
And so as we come into the world, brand new ignorance really is our starting place. When we first have children, we get to see that perspective. In real time. And it's an amazing thing to witness. Our kids experiencing the world for the first time.
So when I started kind of curious, I was starting at the beginning again. This is a new endeavor, and I wanted to approach it from a beginner's mind.
It seemed like the right value to begin with. Ignorance is the source of all that we know. And as we move forward, we build on that.
But it helps to have a reminder now and then to better connect us with our true nature, that deep part of ourselves that knows. We really don't know all that much about the universe we inhabit.
As we begin to explore things like outer space, and the depths of the ocean, the mystery only deepens, but it's a great reminder that it deepens for everyone.
That's the place I'm starting from and I'm excited that you're on the journey with me. And just remember that there is no forever guide book to parenting. We're learning as we go.
Good luck today. You've got this. See you tomorrow.