People who live in the same place all their lives are unlikely to have any knowledge outside their place. They nevertheless consider that they know all there is to know as it appears to them, for they are limited by experience that has never been stretched, as their minds have never been stretched. Their mind’s outlook and horizons are therefore shrunk, in order to fit that small place limited by their close horizons. Their outlook becomes blind to anything that they do not know, and it therefore does not exist for them. Their chosen lack of knowledge therefore prevents them from understanding; their conceit allowing them to believe that they know all there is to know, even that of which they cannot possibly conceive, because of their limitations created by their small environments.
© 2011 R.G. Crosbie