Wonder and Feigning Knowledge

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I have been where Ta-Nehisi Coates was. He tells about reestablishing his friendship with wonder. At a conference in Aspen, Ta-Nehisi met a retired gentleman who told him…

“he’d taken his dog and driven out to the Continental Divide to watch the wildlife. I did not know what the Continental Divide was, and I did not ask. Later I felt bad about this. I knew, even then, that whenever I nodded along in ignorance, I lost an opportunity, betrayed the wonder in me by privileging the appearance of knowing over the work of finding out.”

— Brad Hepp, April 26, 2023

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