Monday, August 07, 2006

On Compliments: Consider the Source

When someone has reached a certain level of knowledge in a subject matter, it stops being novel and they become unaware of their knowledge. To the contrary, they actually become more embarrassed, truly, at how little they do know. And, even when others express praise for their knowledge, they are incapable of receiving this in full because they know how ill-informed the sender is.
They are not just being modest.