Let me ask you - what do you actually - know - other than the basics; your name, address, relatives, job position etc.?If I was given the opportunity to question media folks, politicians, religious leaders, educational people etc. - "How do you know that?" I will personally guarantee you that 99% of the time they will give me opinions, prejudices, feelings or anything that has become a part of their mental "makeup."
Try it the next time you are having a conversation with anyone - boss, customer, spouse etc. "How do you know that?" And watch as they search for random information that in most cases will not be grounded in truth, facts or evidence.What am I trying to say here?Well, for starters there are some things we know but there are a lot of things we believe we know but we don't.Take this article for example - there is no way I can know how you are reacting to anything I am sharing. Yes, I can guess but it will be just that - a guess and not grounded in facts.
Let me give you just one quick recent example.Listen to any politician answer most questions and I will guarantee if you could personally follow-up with a - How do you know that, you would get a strange stare.So what is the difference between knowing and thinking?First of all, just because you learn something - from a book, seminar, class, friend, boss etc. doesn't mean what you are learning is true.Second - just because something has now been etched in your mind that you learned and now believe or think - doesn't mean it's true or fact.
So how do we know anything?Well, I know when I hit G on my keyboard G is coming up on the screen. When I hit - Save - I know it's saved. This is technology. When I put my car in reverse I know I'm going backward. When I set the oven to 350 degrees - the same. Again, these are technology issues.However, when I am driving 70 MPH on the highway and I am separated by 25 feet from the person in front of me I don't know that I could get in an accident. It's called assumptions. I am assuming his or her car won't break down in front of me while we are driving. Been there?