Good day and welcome to #AwakeningYou, a Tuesday weekly script of #StartupNigeria. My name is Haastrup Steven.
Bertrand Russell made a statement that has never left me since I read it. He said
“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”
All of us started out as ignorant. We came into this world without any experience. Nothing in the womb prepared us adequately for the life in the real world. In the womb, we were utterly dependent, drawing support and food from our moms. We wished it could continue. But our moms had a different idea. They wanted us out fast, especially when we had stayed beyond the doctor’s Expected Delivery Date (EDD). Our comfort had been at our moms’ discomfort. So, when we popped out, our moms rejoiced. What did we do? You got it, we cried.
We were alarmed at the new environment. We opened our eyes to a brand new world. We cried bemoaning our ignorance and fearful of what lay ahead of us in the new world.
Friends, ignorance can be excused at some point. You find yourself unexpectedly losing your job and with the loss discover how ignorant you are about the world of business. Or perhaps you had read all the books about marriage prior to signing across the dotted lines only to discover in a real marriage situation that you are still ignorant of some vital issues. A new boss has just been appointed to head your department. He comes in a completely different container and content from the previous boss. You suddenly discover you are ignorant of how to deal with the new helmsman. In all of these cases, ignorance is excused. But not stupidity. You don’t learn ignorance, what you learn is stupidity. If you refuse to cry out like a new baby for knowledge; if you refuse to acquire new knowledge that matches the new challenges; if you abandon search and inquisitiveness; you are nevertheless educating yourself in the school of stupidity.
My dear reader, let ignorance propel you to seek out knowledge. The moment you detect ignorance as you move out of your comfort zone, cry out for an updated knowledge. Never forget, “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”
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Haastrup Steven is the Executive Director of Startup Nigeria; He is a freelance writer, public speaker, startup trainer and a lover of God. He is a fan of technology and its influence over our lives and the society.
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