Unending perplexity

“I wander about in unending perplexity.” –Socrates

Me, too.

I’ve spoken to several audiences of college students recently, and I’ve been telling them not to be distressed if they don’t have things figured out. No one has things figured out.

Everyone is totally winging it.

And the people who seem most certain that they have things figured out are the ones you should run away from as fast as you can.

This message is supposed to be comforting, but I’m afraid I’m just alarming some of these students who, as I’m sure I did when I was their age, are counting on more life experience bringing with it greater security and certainty.

The more you realize how much you don’t know, though, the more you know you’re headed in the right direction as a thinking human being.