All we needed to know

Rarely do I hear a song that I wish to listen to over and over again. This either means that I am very discerning, or a snob. Or maybe both qualifiers mean the same thing - because of the implications inherent in the process of discernment, which can at times be very individual and internal.
I've put Alexander Ebert's Truth on an infinite loop because of the lyrics. I interpret the song to mean that he has made an internal journey, and learned to deal with self-doubt and fear by accepting it. "Your darkness is shining/my darkness is shining/have faith in ourselves, " is part of a varied refrain.
A cursory wikipedia search informed me that he has a really long name, part of which is the name of a mountain he later found out to mean something rather chthonic in an indigenous tongue. I can only imagine how confusing that moment must have been. He apparently adopted another identity for a while, etc etc, but the song Truth comes from his most recent album, produced under his own name. I think the song could also be part of the process of how he has come to terms with himself.
And today a friend was telling me how he was approached by someone whose conversation focused on negative aspects of one of our mutual friends. He asked her to consider that perhaps she was only seeing part of the mosaic, that for her negative story, he had five positive ones as related to him by others... And he embarked on another (almost Sufic) story... There was once a man who wanted to learn how to see everything in the world around him, so he could be prepared for any situation. He made inquiries as to how to obtain such knowledge, and was told to look for a particular wise man in a desert cave. He visited the desert, looked for the cave, and when he found it, didn't see anyone inside. He returned to the person who had sent him, who told him that it was not enough for him to just glance inside the cave, the wise man was deep within, and he would have to penetrate the darkness. So he returned, partially entered the cave, and called out to the wise man, who said: It was hard for you to find me in this cave. It will also be hard for you to find yourself. I am in this cave, but I can see. You are in the light, yet you are blind.
And so the story goes. The question I have is this: isn't self knowledge also needed to enjoy healthy trust in another person?
Anyone in ancient times who made it to Delphi to have their oracle read would have to pass beneath the inscription Gnothi Seauton, know thyself - which meant to neither be too self-assured nor too impressionable; neither to be too proud, nor too filled with doubt.
And, by extension, not so doubting of others. "The three legs of the argument-tripod are desire, data and doubt. Accuracy and honesty have little to do with it. Desire berings the participants together. Data set the limits of their dialogue. Doubt frames the questions," Herbert writes in Dune. Where there is doubt, there is dissatisfaction. "Have faith in ourselves..."

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