You know, I have always considered myself a fairly intelligent person. In many ways I am, but after moving to the Philippines, I learned that I still had a lot to learn about some subjects.
When you move to a place that offers a lot of new glimpses at things that you are not used to, if you are smart enough, you quickly realize that you still have some learning to do, on subjects that you are ignorant about.
Ignorant? Many people think that calling somebody ignorant is an insult, or a bad word, something that you should not say. Really, nothing could be further from the truth. I readily admit that I am ignorant about many things. Being ignorant does not mean that you are stupid. Ignorance and stupidity are two different things. Being ignorant about something means that you are uninformed about that topic. Even the smartest people in the world are ignorant on some topics. For example, somebody like Albert Einstein was probably ignorant on many things. I don’t know enough about Einstein to say what he was ignorant about, maybe he was ignorant on the topic of cooking or rodeo, who knows!
Many people, though, refuse to admit that they have ignorance on some subjects. I suppose that I have probably been one of those people at times in my life. However, when I moved to the tropics, specifically to the Philippines, I quickly learned that there were certain things which I knew virtually nothing about. It can be hard to admit that a simple uneducated farmer knows more than you do on certain things, but I quickly learned that with no uncertainty when I came to live in the Philippines! When you come here to live, you will likely discover things too that you are ignorant about.
This week, I am going to look at a series of topics which I found that I was quite ignorant about when I moved to the Philippines. Hey, I’m not an expert now by any means, and I certainly still have many topics on which I am ignorant. But, I must also say that I have certainly learned a great deal on many things by simply observing simple people here in the Philippines.
So, this week, let’s take a look at a few things that I have learned about in the past 9 years of living here. Maybe you will learn a thing or two too. Maybe you already know this stuff, but maybe not. Maybe you’ll chuckle a bit when you find out that I knew nothing about these things. If you do, that’s OK too, we all have things that we need to learn about!
Maybe in the comments you can tell me if this is news to you, or if you already knew about these things. Also, maybe there are new things that you learned during your times visiting the Philippines, I’d sure enjoy hearing about that too, and you might remind me that I also didn’t know!