Monday, July 12, 2004

The Parable of the Lightbulb Fairy

Two children were discussing how lightbulbs worked. One child claimed that they worked because every lightbulb had a magical lightbulb fairy in it. When you flicked on the light switch, it would send a signal to the fairy to make the lightbulb glow.

The second child said that was ridiculous and that he didn't believe in lightbulb fairies.

The first child scoffed at this and replied that if there were no lightbulb fairies then what made lightbulbs glow?

The second child admitted that he didn't have any idea how lightbulbs worked.

The first child smiled and said, "See? I'm right. It's a lightbulb fairy!"

The moral of this story is that, when you don't know the answer to a question, an honest admission of ignorance is better than a false claim of knowledge.

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