Negative Capability…

“The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge, every one of us is going to suffer and die. If then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end.”

“There is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. But the contradiction lies a little deeper than the mere conflict between the desire for security and the fact of change. If I want to be secure, that is, protected from the flux of life, I am wanting to be separate from life. Yet it is this very sense of separateness which makes me feel insecure. To be secure means to isolate and fortify the “I,” but it is just the feeling of being an isolated “I” which makes me feel lonely and afraid. In other words, the more security I can get, the more I shall want.”

“Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of non-knowledge” — Isaac Bashevis Singer[6].

“One thing we can do is drown ourselves in a sea of ideas, mostly false ones, in the hope that we find that one insightful nugget of wisdom we wouldn’t otherwise find if we were too cautious. If we did that, we end up believing more true things but a lot of false things as well as being credulous.

Or we could build a very strong border wall and do extreme vetting of ideas to keep out all the false ones so that only the true ones get in and we are never duped or harmed. If we did that, we would be sceptical, we are not going to be wrong very much, but we might not have much to believe either”…

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