I love this post about Experts and Gurus. Written by Todd Hargrove, it talks of the complexity of our bodies. Rather than me rabbit on about what he says. Have a read and make up your own mind. But he does hit the nail on the head by saying… ‘Be careful of the person that says or suggests that they know it all’.
Great knowledge is wonderful, but it is constantly adapting and evolving. We all want a quick fix to problems and often many are not prepared to put in the time to explore many of the reasons why things happen. Not many things are straightforward and as and we learn more as time goes on, these ‘not straightforward’ things often become even less straightforward.
It is pretty hard to say ‘I am not sure’ or something that suggests your knowledge is not the best’. But people do like the person or teacher than says ‘I don’t know, let’s go and find out’.
Todd says ‘So who do I trust? I trust the people who acknowledge the complexity and uncertainty of the subject matter, confess the limits of their knowledge, change their mind in the face of conflicting evidence, and respectfully consider alternate opinions. And I steer clear of people who do the opposite’. Wonderfully said!!