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The Only Thing I Know (Maybe)


Back when I was (briefly) a philosophy major, it was fun to say words like “epistemological” and stare intently at theorems as if they really mattered. I’m not saying that the stuff can’t be worthwhile, and I’m certainly not trying to talk people out of philosophizing if that’s what they like.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with having your brain functioning at a high level.

A couple of nights ago  I couldn’t sleep. While I was lying there listening to amorous cats in our driveway, I started thinking about those classes for some reason, and about all the things I don’t know. And that’s one of the fun things about being alive and being curious. There will always be things I don’t know.

I got up and checked on my son. When I came back to bed, I looked at my wife for a moment before turning off my lamp.

There are many things I don’t know, but I know who I love, and who loves me. It’s more than enough, even though it may never earn me a marble bust.


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  • Hilary March 13, 2010, 2:46 am

    Hi Josh .. that’s lovely .. and so heart warming .. thank you – love is all …

  • David Cain March 13, 2010, 3:44 am

    Yes! What a great thought.

    Me too.

  • Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave March 13, 2010, 7:57 am

    Really beautiful. If all of us understood the power of that knowledge. Your son is a lucky child.

  • Andria March 13, 2010, 10:09 am

    Very nice. Very true. By the way, “…lying there listening to amorous cats in our driveway…” might be one of my favorite lines ever.

    And while not a marble bust, you could always create your very own Josh Hanagarne bobble head doll.

  • Joe DeGiorgio March 13, 2010, 10:54 am

    It’s obvious you have a vast knowledge of what’s truly important. Thanks for sharing that knowledge.

  • Srinivas Rao March 13, 2010, 11:05 am

    Great thoughts Josh. I’ll get to work on finding somebody in India to sculpt your Marble bust 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne March 13, 2010, 12:34 pm

      Rao, a dung sculpture would probably suffice.

  • Claire March 13, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Now I’m all teary.

  • Niel March 13, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Kettlebell with your name on it = better than a marble bust

    Or if it’s possible, a bust made out of kettlebells. Hmm.

  • ami March 13, 2010, 3:22 pm

    “I know who I love, and who loves me. It’s more than enough”

    Beautiful thoughts. Knowing you have enough (or even more than enough) = wealth.

  • What a beautifully heart warming post Josh! In moments when you feel lacking sometimes it’s hard to remember that love is always enough.

    I always want to do my best, be my best, and live my best life. Sometimes the ‘always striving for more’ mentality can fester to create a perceived emptiness. At times I have to remind myself that if you have love you have everything.

    Thanks for reminding me!

  • Heather March 14, 2010, 7:12 am

    Well, damn! Now Janette’s going to have to cancel that order for the marble bust she was going to have made of you! Amorous cats. . . . good to know the local kitties were having a good time. . . . this was a great post, Josh. . . btw—theorems only matter to other theorems. . . .

  • Laura Cococcia March 14, 2010, 7:29 am

    You’re a pretty smart guy and I know you know a lot. Quantity v quality of knowledge, right? I would say those are the most important things to know. The rest is sometimes just filler.

    Hope you’re well my friend.

  • Jennifer le Roux March 14, 2010, 11:12 am

    all I know is that I know enough to know I don’t know…..

  • Boris Bachmann March 14, 2010, 11:50 am

    “When I came back to bed, I looked at my wife for a moment before turning off my lamp.”

    In a loving manner or a “Paranormal Activity” way?

    Flesh bust > Marble bust

    Good post Josh. If we ever what it’s all for – the answer’s pretty clear when you look at your wife and kid.

  • Daisy March 14, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I can’t decide which would be better: the bobblehead doll or the embossed kettlebell.

  • Jenn March 14, 2010, 4:59 pm

    I really enjoyed this. So much so I just read it out loud to one I know I love. His response…meow. Nah…hubby actually said “awww”.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 14, 2010, 6:40 pm

      Meow would have been funnier, but thank you:)

      • Jenn March 14, 2010, 6:47 pm

        You’re right but it wouldn’t have been honest. 🙂 My cat who I adore would have turned and gave me the tail.

  • Pahriadi March 16, 2010, 5:36 pm

    What a beautiful thought!

    Greeting from Indonesia