Recently, I realized that the ubiquity of smart phones is a huge relief for people like me. Since every smart phone owner now has the answer to any conceivable question at their fingertips, acting like a know-it-all has become foolhardy. Of course, the behavior was always obnoxious.
Lest I sound too contrite, let me be clear: It's taken several humbling lessons for me to view the smart phone revolution in this way. Apparently being a know-it-all and a fast learner don't go hand-in-hand. But the last time a smart phone rendered my more limited bandwidth obsolete, I felt a little shift.
I'm chastened it took smart phones to bring me here. But I'm also grateful there's plenty of time left to value being kind more than being right.