Every day of my life I learn something that I did not previously know. I learn a new word in another language or I hear a story about life in a foreign countryside. I learn new ways to make my little girl laugh, or discover an author whose works I'd never read before. I develop a new strategy to combat a piece of legislation that concerns me, or find a new metaphor that speaks to me. I learn about plans to mine asteroids or drill for oil or harness wind power in the desert. I hear stories of the miners who bring me the metals that I take for granted, or stories of the agricultural workers who pick the bananas and sugar cane that end up as part of my breakfast. I learn about the planets that are being discovered in far away solar systems, and I try to comprehend the depictions of the known universe, and its countless galaxies. I learn that coral bleaching is spreading to some of the reefs that I used to dive. I celebrate surprising elections in far away countries, and mourn wars and violence and natural disasters and the people whose lives are impacted by them. I look at satelite pictures of diminishing glaciers, and I learn that in spite of the fact that pizza boxes have recycling symbols on the side, they are not really recyclable.
I have no idea how much I don't know. I imagine each little unknown factoid as a grain of sand on a beach, or a star in a universe full of huge galaxies. I add in the concepts that I don't understand, the thoughts and feelings of others that elude me, the life experiences of others that have been so different from mine, the hopes and dreams of every human being packed into an express train during rush hour, and I know I am truly ignorant. I imagine the history that has been lost, and the future that is so full of potential. I imagine the direction that my daughter's life will take as she grows and collects words and factoids and learns to interpret the feelings and experiences of others and learns to follow her passions and learns to love and how to live a life full of learning.
And I realize that the process of learning is among the most rewarding experiences that life has to offer. And I mourn those who KNOW TRUTH and have stopped growing.