All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are. - Paul Auster

Confident Fools

The world is full of confident fools that proclaim to know truths which vanish into thin air upon closer inspection. Don't forget that language is a tool and an evolutionary adaptation to coordinate large groups of people. It is more often used for deception than illumination (very often self deception). The world is a complicated place and any individual perspective on it can only reveal a very small part of the larger fabric of reality (which more often than not happens to be the wishes and aspirations of the individual). So be cognizant of this and try not to fool yourself and others:

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you've not fooled yourself, it's easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that. - Richard Feynman (1994)

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu