I used to get angry with ignorant people, until I realised that it only made them hide their ignorance. Then I realised that I was ignorant too. Now I love ignorant people best of all. I deliberately seek them out; they give me the greatest buzz in the world.
I particularly love helping them appreciate their ignorance, mitigate against it, and eventually displace their ignorance to somewhere else.
Some people like to call this movement “learning” and the act of helping people with it “teaching”, but really, the idea that we can somehow put an end to ignorance is entirely illusory. The only thing we can do is to move the ignorance around, and find out which places it moves fastest and with the most fun attached.
We call those places “strengths”, and people who can move their ignorance quickly are “fast learners”. “Experts” have done more shifting of their ignorance than others. “Gurus” are the ones who’ve managed to handle an exponentially increasing amount of ignorance, finding more of it in themselves than most people can ever handle. Some of them have found patterns for shifting the ignorance quickly. It’s still there, though.
I want to be a guru one day. Gurus are the best. They teach me all the new places of ignorance that I never knew were there, and open my mind up to just how much of the stuff there is. I can’t imagine anything worse than running out of things to learn. Having lots of ignorance to play with is just lovely.
Now, where did I put that Ruby tutorial?