I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's January 29th. 2021. I'm so glad you're here.
When you think of the word ignorance, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the general idea of not knowing something? Or maybe there's a person who flashes before your eyes. We all have our own personal systems of thought that are activated by our senses, a song can take us back to a special time, a smell can transport us to a room in a house when we were young. Images and words do this too. We filter them through our perception and memories. And the way we build these systems and sustain them through our lives is something that we're still learning about. And ignorance is the source.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." -William Shakespeare
I wrote down this quote from Hamlet in a journal in my early twenties, when I first moved to Los Angeles, and it has served as a constant companion reminding me that there are more things in the universe than I will ever know personally, or could ever dream possible. I have come to see this as a feature, not a bug. This podcast is being built on the values of Kind and Curious and when I thought about the journey that we all are on, moving from wonder to wisdom it seemed like the best place to start would be at the beginning.
But I failed to start at the beginning with this. I didn't define the language we were using. So as we close out our month of talking about ignorance, let's begin where we should have started all along, by defining ignorance. Most definitions say something like lack of knowledge or information. Unawareness or incomprehension and based on our personal experiences, the idea of a lack of knowledge may bring us a great sense of wonder at the opportunities that lay ahead. Or it may only serve to remind us of all the things that we don't know and feel like we should.
So for the sake of clarity and starting us off on the path together, my intent here is to start with ignorance because I truly believe that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies. And for me, this inspires a sense of awe and wonder at the world that I will never be able to express in words.
But I do see it every day in the eyes of my children. And I do my best to listen for it in the stories they share with me. From the strange dreams they've had, to the vision of the world as it should be, as they begin to learn about the way it is.
Next week. We're going to start with a new value. Failure is the seed. And this is another word that can impact us all differently. So we'll start off next Monday with a sense of why failure is not only a good thing, but a very natural way to grow and learn.
I hope you find this helpful. And remember there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity as our map, and a sense of wonder about the journey. We can be ready for anything.
So good luck today. You've got this.