You can spend your whole life not knowing something, and it’s fine.
But then one day you know it.
And immediately you can’t imagine not knowing it – followed shortly by the realization that you actually did know it the whole time, you just didn’t understand you knew it.
And that’s maddening.
Donald Rumsfeld had a famous quote:
…there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
I’ve always been amazed by this statement. It made sense in his head, so he said it. And if you concentrate enough on it, it makes sense in your head.
But at first glance, it makes absolutely no sense.
Until it does.
And once it does, you can’t unsense it, just like you can’t unknow something.
So once the thing you always knew (but never knew you knew, until you did) is something you know, it’s just there.
Like it’s always been.
You just didn’t know.