The other night I was watching Anthony Bourdain trekking through Peru and he made a comment (I'm sorry but I don't know who said it first) that the more he learned, the less he knew.
At first it sounded quite paradoxical, but then, as I thought about it, it began to make sense. When we are born we know nothing, our world is the six inches in front of us; but, as we absorb all that we come into contact with, our world expands.
As a child we are the center of our own universes. Everything outside is a mere abstraction. But the more knowledge we absorb the more we come to understand that we are but a small piece in a much larger mosaic.
The same dynamic continues as we move into adulthood. Seven years ago my (now)wife and I spent the holidays backpacking through Spain. In those two-and-a-half weeks I learned a lot about Spain, her traditions and her history, but I also learned a lot about myself, my relationship with my wife and my country. Things kind of fell into perspective as I sat in a church that was built before the pilgrims landed in the Americas for midnight mass.
As a criminal defense attorney I find the more I learn about DWI law, the breath test machine, police coordination tests, jury selection and closing argument, the less I know. Every new door I open up reveals another.
Strive to know less.