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JsonBoa1640296dAccording to Plato, when Socrates says "I know I know nothing", he is answering to the oracle, that had said that "Socrates is the wisest person in Athens".
Who can both be right? Only if *no one* knows nothing and Socrates is wiser for recognizing the span of his ignorance.
Enlightenment is not all about illuminating every dark corner, it emphasizes delineating the darkness borders, being aware of them, and being honest when assuming what is not yet clear.
Thus, yeah, you had the "ex-smartass epiphany". It hurts. But you are made of better stuff, just stick mostly to what you do know and be explicit when trying to step in a stone you cannot see.
Lensflare7070296dWow. It takes courage to admit mistakes. And more importantly, it makes you smarter. Just like with that "I know that I know nothing" thing.
Now I wonder how many of the things that you have mentioned also apply to me. I think I'm not ready for the answer, yet.
JsonBoa1640295d@kiki don't beat yourself over it. There is this "Godel's Incompleteness Theorems" thing that basically says that, if math works, then you cannot prove it works, and you cannot study it all.
Thus, even the most prodigious luminaire can only go so far in understanding the universe. And yet every first year undergrad that just aced calculus believes they can see the matrix throught time and space.
About the anxiety thing, for me what worked was moving out of any urban sprawl (the noise alone!), treating soda like a desert, and stationary bicycle+Pilates eeeeeevery morning. Won't solve the actual problem but gives you the stability to actually solve it.
c3r38r1703249293dThis is sad, for everyone that trusted you.