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February 3, 2005

'I don't want to know' - not just a title of a great Zombies song


It's an essential ingredient of my everyday happiness.

Here's how it works:

When the phone rings, I rarely answer it.

Because I don't have to - it's one of the luxuries of running bookofjoe.

You call them - they don't call you.

But I take it one step further than those of you who say, hey, so what, big deal, I'm the same way.

Because I don't look at the caller I.D. either.

"I don't want to know."


Because if I don't know,


it doesn't exist.

Gang, if you want to live the quantum lifestyle, this is as good a place as any to start.

Maybe the call's from a lawyer badgering me about a case; maybe it's someone trying to sell me something; maybe it's a friend.

Who knows?

But if I look at the caller I.D. or, God forbid, answer the thing, well, then I'll know.

And if it's a call I didn't want about something I didn't want to have to deal with, then I'm stuck with the knowledge.

And it'll bother me, especially if it's something I was supposed to do.

Ignorance is indeed bliss.

Now, I'm just the opposite when it comes to getting news or information that disagrees with me or, even better, proves me wrong about something.

I'm passionate to know things, even initially disagreeable things.

Yes, I still have vestiges of the "shoot the messenger" mentality deeply embedded my psyche; however, it takes me no more than a couple minutes at the most to get over it and then proceed to find out more.

As I've said here previously, very, very few things in life give me more pleasure than finding a mistake or learning of an error in a previous post, then going back and correcting it.

That is true happiness.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is an excellent working definition, I just realized, of the quintessential nerd.

Count me in.


The lyrics to the 1964 song, by the way, are as good as the title.

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"the quantum lifestyle"

heh heh.

great title for your next book ;-)

Posted by: stephen bove | Feb 3, 2005 7:24:00 PM

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