To say you know when you know, and to say you do not when you do not, this is knowledge. – Confucius
I have met far too many people who pretend to know what they do not know. It doesn’t help that I am well-read and can spot such pretense.
I do not know a lot of things, I do not find that shameful, but inevitable. The larger your pool of knowledge, the greater your shores of ignorance.
But sometimes I do know and still am silent. It is not always good to share your knowledge with those that will not appreciate it.
I made this mistake far too often in the past. I still occasionally slip and spill my mind.
Here is the honest reality. People are interested in the truth only so long as it proves what they already believe. Information and facts that contradict their beliefs will get you unfriended, or worse.
So next time you have the chance, listen twice as long before you speak.