These three simple words, like many three-word phrases, hold a lot of weight and a lot of confusion.
I wrote the title of this post as a sort of internal joke to myself; I genuinely didn’t know what I wanted to write about. But, as is nearly always the case, my mind has drummed up something for the captivated masses.
All five of you.
In this day and age, it’s becoming less acceptable to be ignorant of, well, any number of topics. With the vast expanses of the internet at our fingertips and in our pockets, it gets harder to say, “I don’t know.” If you don’t know, then it’s your obligation to look it up. But that approach loses a bit of its humanity, and it puts us in a position where we’re expected to know everything all the time.
The best way to see this in action is (as you guessed) on the internet. A person can ask a question to another person or a group of people, and there will no doubt be at least one response telling them to find out for themselves. Yes, sometimes the asker is lazy, sometimes they miss an obvious cue, but there are other times where a person would want a different opinion or input on their own personal experiences.
Furthermore, this kind of thinking drips into our psyches and frustrates us more than ever. There are some issues you just can’t search online (and if you can, they don’t lead to a definitive answer). You don’t have to be privy to every piece of information that comes flying out at you. You won’t have all the answers. No one on Earth does and if they say they do, they’re lying.
And you don’t need to know everything, either. Be it politics, entertainment, the stresses of everyday life… whatever. Sometimes it’s okay to admit you don’t know, and, once in a while, take a backseat role while you figure it out.