I don’t know.
Three simple words.
Three simple words with many different implications. At first glimpse, someone who says “I don’t know” too often appears to be ignorant or unable to commit to a position. Maybe their “I don’t know” carries a lack of experience with it. In a culture where it seems every scientific discovery has been found, “I don’t know” almost has a lazy feel to it.
The last time you asked someone a sincere question with a deep desire to know them better and they replied with an “I don’t know,” what was your response? Did you want to grab hold of them and shake their knowing out of them the way you shake a coconut out of its tree? Did you find yourself wanting to answer their “I don’t know” the same way you would answer a fill-in-the-blank question on a history exam? The right answer…
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