We’ll have the usual…

December 2nd, 2016


Lesson Learned: You don’t know what you don’t know.

I still have lunch quite regularly with my old partner (who, despite his fancy new title, is one of the swellest guys I know). We go to one of two places: either a Vietnamese dive or a Chinese dive, each of them serving some of the finest food in the city.

We always order the same dishes at each place, because they’re good and we’re not looking for surprises. So when I took an unusual turn as the first to arrive at the Chinese BBQ this week, I had time to look around, and noticed the sign you see in the photo accompanying this post.

Simple sign, really. Nothing fancy, yet information I hadn’t ever considered. Hmmm…string beans in black bean sauce. Of course, it was so obvious! Why keep ordering the gai lan in garlic sauce, when there are other options. Proving to me, once again and in the simplest of terms, that it’s not what we don’t know that’s important, but rather the fact that we are blissfully ignorant of the content which inhabits the vast gaps in our knowledge banks. In other words, we don’t know what we don’t know. It’s not enough to be open to new ideas and information, we need to seek it out, ever vigilant to the notion that it’s most probably hiding in plain sight. Like the string bean sign.

So I ordered the beans, and they were one of the best things we’d eaten there. Also, one of the few. Lesson learned.

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