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What we don't understand

Even after many years of compulsory and voluntary education, each of us will understand only a tiny portion of what there is to be understood in the universe. This fact may seem discouraging, but actually it is freeing. It frees us from feeling too concerned about knowing everything, since we never will, at least not in this life. It frees us from some of the pressure of competition, since knowing more than our neighbors seems to matter less when we realize that our neighbors, like us, only know a tiny fraction of what is knowable.

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