Ignorance is perceived as "deviant" rather than normal?
That is the most absurd concept I've come across in a long time, but it explains a *LOT*.
Look, knowing what you don't know is pretty fscking precious.
I love my ignorance. It's how I learn something! I'm at my boss's house fixing his network because I missed something when setting it up.
Before I left to go here he told me 'Well, you'll learn something when you're done'.
And I did and it works now!
Now you tell me that the "norm" (and the Cliff, too apparently) is to deny your own ignorance? How do you learn anything? How else do you try to integrate all the things you know and throw out the stuff that's obviously wrong?
Apparently critical thought is dead except for those that actually have to get things done!
Go in a factory where parts need to come off of the line and be correct and saleable--and if you screw something up people can lose fingers, eyes, or lives. Managers can BS people, but debating against reality is pretty ineffective! Trades & Techs--the ones that have stuck around for a while, at least--are pretty damned happy when they know they don't know something--there's not much other way to find where to look in order to get the machines running and running safely!
I guess Lovecraft was right all along:
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."