A wise friend just told me something that deserves recording. I had mentioned some encounter during which I was tap-dancing furiously, trying to avoid exposing too much ignorance.
My friend (who shall remain nameless since I haven’t asked permission to broadcast this story) responded that it’s always (not almost always) a waste of time and effort to try to avoid exposing your ignorance. “Those who think you know nothing anyway won’t be impressed, and those who admire your intellect will further admire your fearlessness. In short, always dare to be wrong, even if you’re not sure you are.”
Words worth trying to live up to.