Inquiry: It’s better to know

It’s better to know.

Situation: With a group of people I don’t know very well.

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Is it true?


Can you be certain it’s true?


What happens, how do you react, when you have that belief?

I try to pretend I know.

I don’t admit what I feel I don’t know.

I talk about what I know.

I try to impress.

I think they will like me if I appear knowledgeable and insightful.

I feel uneasy.

I don’t really want to be there.

I see the interactions as a test.

I don’t breathe as freely.

My belly feels contracted.

I feel a bit sick.

In general:

I try to learn a bit about a lot so I have something to say.

I distance myself from those I see as not knowing.

Who would you be without that belief?

Enjoying their company.

Interested in what they are saying.

Curious, asking questions.

Interested in them.

Relieved. Free from focusing on how they may see me.


It’s better (for me) to not know.

It helps me stay curious, interested.

I can learn something.

I am more interested in what they have to say.

I am more interested in them, in the world.

I don’t hold onto my own ideas/images as gospel truth.

It’s honest. None of my thoughts are anything but thoughts, questions about the world.

I am more real when I see I don’t know.

I am more at home when I see I don’t know.

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Additional beliefs

It’s better for me to know.

They will like me if I know.

They will like me if I am knowledgeable and insightful.

They will be impressed if I know.

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