“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” Galileo
“One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing” Socrates
Two seemingly contradictive quotes from two of the greatest minds that ever lived.
How can you help someone find knowledge in themselves if even one of the greatest philosophers concluded that he knew nothing?
I am going to address the Socrates second quote first which partially answer Galileo’s quote but discussing other aspects in a separate blog entitled;
Socrates, then existing knowledge, insights and wisdom despite its great wealth, depth and magnitude was still nothing compared to the sum total of everything that was yet to be discovered, learned and experienced.
The greatest teachers never stop learning. They are fully conscious of the fact that they can equally learn, grow and benefit from those who they taught and those who would follow after them.
If you want to become a great master in any skill, trade, profession or discipline then even when you have mastered it to a high level of competance,
“stay modest, stay humble“
Even though you now have the knowledge and experience to teach you choose to maintain the pupil mindset and attitude endeavouring to be the very best,
that never stops asking questions.