Why you should question what you really know?

A woman asking questions.

Do you really know?

The more a wise person learns, the more he or she realizes how much more there is to know.

One appreciates how limited their knowledge really is, and that in a lifetime of seventy or eighty years one can only scratch the surface of the things there are to learn.

They also realizes that many things people accept as fact today may be corrected with an increase of knowledge tomorrow.

This keeps one from being dogmatic and from manifesting that irritating “know-it-all” attitude.

Generally it is the person that has only a smattering of knowledge that develops this attitude.

It is particularly a characteristic of many youths today.

They learn a little, and then think they know it all.

Their newfound knowledge puffs them up, causing them to consider their parents and other older folks to be “old-fashioned.”

Unfortunately many persons carry this “know-it-all” attitude over into adult life.

Such persons will go to great ends to give the appearance of knowing.

Have you ever had the occasion to ask for directions, and, instead of the person simply saying he did not know, he directed you on a wild goose chase?

Certainly it is annoying when individuals give misleading information simply to give the appearance of being well informed.

But it can be more than annoying; it can at times cause great suffering and heartache.

Not long ago attractive eight-year-old died after being under the care of a chiropractor who claimed he could cure her cancerous eye with medicines and manipulation.

“I can cure your child without surgery,” he said.

He collected his consultation fees; but the girl suffered terribly and died about a month later.

Regardless of whether he was sincere or not, the chiropractor did not really know; he had no real evidence to support his claim.

So in an unprecedented ruling, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to imprisonment.

Certainly it is unloving and can even be criminal to propagate information you are unsure of.

A person should therefore think before speaking: “Do I really know this is true?

What evidence do I have that it is?

Could it be only hearsay?

How much better it would be to admit you do not know for sure than to make dogmatic assertions simply because you feel something to be true!

You may even have a basis for your contention, but that does not necessarily mean it is correct.

Due to inadequate methods of observation, faulty experiments or insufficient knowledge, humans sometimes reach different conclusions.

These are printed in reputable books and magazines, and conflicting ideas are thus presented.

So, can you truthfully say you really know for sure, even when you have a reputable source for your information?

A wise person will take into consideration that the conclusions of people are at times incorrect.

One will therefore not be dogmatic.

One will be reasonable, and will recognize that there may be more to the subject than just what he or she has heard or read.

For instance, one person may have learned from authoritative sources that the queen honeybee mates with only one drone bee on her mating flight.

Yet another person may have read the Scientific American, which says that she mates “successively with several drones (on the wing).”

There are endless similar examples of where observations and studies made by learned humans yield different conclusions.

Another thing to consider is that many persons in this world are interested in furthering their own ends, and so endeavor to keep up the appearance of knowing it all when they really do not.

In certain parts of the world, for instance, whole communities have been misinformed, and often exploited, by those who only pretend to know.

In some of such places the literate person is considered practically infallible.

Everything he says is believed without questions, because, as it is said, ‘He reads the book.’

This is true particularly in certain African countries; but, surprisingly, quite similar conditions exist in places where nearly everyone is literate.

In the Western world the pronouncements of men of science are likewise viewed as almost infallible.

When a scientist makes an announcement, observed Anthony Standen in his book Science Is a Sacred Cow:

he may not be understood, but at least he is certain to be believed. No one ever doubts what is said by a scientist.”

Just as many Africans gullibly accept the word of the person who ‘reads the book,’ so the general public parrots the sayings of scientists as though they were gospel truth.

You can therefore appreciate that, when you hear or read something, it is necessary to weigh the evidence.

Always keep in mind that human authorities and people are subject to error, and that sometimes they are even dishonest.

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Simple ways to protect your car from theft

Breaking in into a car.

Here are a few simple measures which, if regularly taken, will greatly reduce the chances that your car will be stolen, especially if you live in a big city.

First, always remember to take your keys out of the car and to lock it.

Do this even when you park in front of your house or in the driveway.

And when driving to the store, it is wise not to conclude that you will be inside only a moment and so nothing will happen to the car.

Form the habit of always taking the keys out and locking your car, and, at the same time, making sure that all windows are rolled up tight.

Keys left in the car.

Remember: More than half of all stolen cars had the keys left in them, and three-quarters were left unlocked.

The benefit of this simple measure can be seen in the fact that, when “remove your-keys and lock-your-car” campaigns have been instituted, a marked reduction in car thefts has been realized.

In San Francisco, for example, when there was such a program, 33-percent drop in thefts was experienced during one month, compared with the same month of the previous year.

Another vital measure is to park in lighted, well-traveled areas.

Pick a spot near a street lamp or a lighted store window.

As one professional thief explained:

There’s no sense in taking the risk of getting caught stealing locked cars on a lighted street when I know that within a block of that one, I can find another car I can steal under ideal conditions.”

If you must park overnight on the street, do not leave your car in one place for more than a day or so at a time.

Such cars are often stolen or stripped.

If you have a garage, it would be wise to put your car inside and to lock the garage, at least for the night.

Still another important measure is to put all valuables in the car out of sight.

They can be an invitation for a thief to break in, who, as an afterthought, may steal the car too.

Also, it is good never to leave your registration papers in the car (unless the law requires it), since professional thieves prize such proof of ownership.

And in case your car is stolen, your initials scratched on the underside of the trunk lid, or in some other obscure place, may help to prove ownership if the car is recovered.

When parking at a parking lot, it is often wise to pick one where the rear and sides are closed in.

Generally cars are stolen from the back of lots while employees are busy in front.

Also, lots where you can lock your car and take your keys are usually best.

Of course, do not neglect the obvious, and, at times, the surest protection-auto theft insurance.

Additional Safeguards

Picture of car hood open.

But there are additional measures, too, which you can take to protect your car.

Some have had a burglar-alarm system installed.

This can be set so that anyone who tries to open the hood or car doors will set off a loud siren, which is almost certain to attract attention and scare a thief away.

There are simpler, less expensive measures, however, that have proved effective.

For example, a hood lock.

You might want to put one on yourself.

Some have devised a metal rod that is attached to a brace on the hood and that runs down in the back of the grill, where it is fastened by an ordinary padlock, hidden out of sight.

Another very effective measure is to install a simple off-on switch.

Hide it in some unlikely-to-be-found place-in a locked glove compartment, for example.

This switch can be designed so that when it is flipped off it opens the electrical circuit directly at the coil or distributor.

Thus, even if a thief gains entry to your car, it will be impossible for him to start the car from the inside as long as this off-on switch is flipped off.

And with the hood securely locked, a thief will not be able to get under the hood to start the car from there.

The additional safeguards of a hood lock and an off-on switch have proved very effective in discouraging car thieves.

Living in this time of unparalleled lawlessness when car stealing is the biggest crime against property, it is only wise to take precautions.

If you have a car, don’t let them steal it!

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Why listen to counsel?

A slippery road sign.

A car was passing another car on a curve.

A truck carrying ' twenty-seven tons' of steel was coming from the other direction and straight toward it.

A family of five was wiped out in the crash, because the counsel “No Passing-Curves Ahead” was ignored.

Every year many lives are taken by car accidents caused by those who violated the traffic laws, including speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

This, in spite of the fact that the governments spend a lot of money each year to counsel the citizens to respect the laws and save lives.


Do you listen to counsel?

Counseling a young player.

In recent years much information has been published linking lung cancer, heart ailments and other diseases that shorten the life of human, with the use of tobacco, yet the majority do not listen, and the death rate from these maladies continues to climb.

The youth of the nation at home, in school and at church are constantly counseled against immorality and other crimes against society; yet, do they listen?

Many do not, and much sorrow follows for all concerned.

Do you as a parent listen to counsel?

When your child is disobedient, do you do what is right in your own eyes, not correcting the child, letting him get by with it or thinking that you “love” the child too much to punish him?

Many parents ignore the whereabouts of their children, letting the child arrange his own itinerary, with no set work schedule or deciding by the parents as to where the child should be or what he should be doing.

A Boston Municipal Court judge linked juvenile delinquency with this, saying:

“Parents overindulge children and allow them to do as they please.” 

Counsel can come from numerous sources:

Parents, teachers, job supervisors, friends and family.

Our attitude toward listening to and profitably using such counsel has much to do with our personality.

Some object or even rebel against counsel, not because of the counsel itself, but because they do not wish to be in the position of one that needs counsel.

They think that it puts them in a position of inferiority or that they are being restrained.

But, really, when you accept counsel you prove yourself wise.

So in all things the truly humble person will welcome advice and counsel, yes, even discipline.

But what if the counsel is severe?

Would you throw your tools down and quit when counseled in a manner that you might think too severe?

Sometimes we may think that the counsel given is exaggerated or exceeds the need.

But, then, is it not better to overemphasize, especially when it involves the life and happiness of one?

A small sign along the highway might tell us of a danger just as well as a large one, but when the danger is great there are often many large signs, painted varied colors, that repeat the warning.

So when you next receive counsel by a public notice, a telltale sign that indicates that something is about to break loose, a warning on a bottle, a parental admonition, a spouse's loving counsel or even a stern rebuke, remember it for your eternal good.

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