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When I was a kid,
I spent too much time studying
philosophy,
religion,
mind,
life.

I spent too much time obsessing
over wisdom and knowledge;
too much time trying to understand
the world around me.

Somewhere along the way I got this
insane notion in my head that wisdom
meant knowing
what I didn’t know just as much as
(or maybe more than)
knowing what i did.

That, my friends,
was the fateful mistake
that ruined my life
.

I got all mixed up in “humility”
and suspicions of my mind’s inherent limitations
and my propensity for confirmation bias;

I took too much to heart
the idea that I should focus on my own moral failings
before condemning the world’s.

I got wild notions about
the limits of reason and
my own inherent inability
to grasp the scope of reality.

Basically, friends, it’s a story as old as humanity:
I went down a bad,
bad road.

Today,
as I look around,
and see how everyone around me is enlightened
and an expert
in economics,
politics,
law,
history,
cosmology,
ethics,
philosophy,
foreign policy,
religion,
logic,
etymology,
biology,
psychology,

and seemingly millions of other subjects
too refined and too profound
for me to even name,

now I think back on my sad mistakes
and that bad turn I took so long ago,
and about how I would go back in time
and change it if I could,

so that then I, too,
would know
everyfuckingthing.

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I’m not in the Matrix. I AM the Matrix.

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