Rick Imamoto - 30 March 2003

Within the sometimes tulmultuous dealings of human interaction, it would seem as if knowing is hardly ever or perhaps even never, a reasonable possibility. Given the oftentimes unacknowledged possibility of error, it would seem as if we are left with a choice of either belief or doubt without the possibility of ever really knowing for sure. It would seem as if human judgement may be more flawed than its possessors may be willing to acknowledge, as evidenced by the inherent limitations of human awareness and comprehension. It is clear that no matter how much we are aware of in any given situation, there is always much more that we are not aware of, with the same formula being applied to comprehension.

How often do we find ourselves unwittingly holding on to mistaken judgements after we were so certain we had interpreted correctly. If we are able to accept this understanding, we may begin to realiize that in most instances, just because we are sure of something, this does not necessarily mean that we know anything. Perhaps in these instances, we merely possess very strong beliefs, with these beliefs being percieved as either true or false, depending on the mindset of the beholder. Once again, the factor of refusing to acknowledge the possibilty of unintended error is a primary factor that drives this sense of false assuredness. It is likely that we all have witnessed situations where people felt like they knew something without ever realizing that this feeling of knowledge was completely false in origin. Perhaps confusion is a constant factor within all of our minds throughout our journeys through time and space, even though we may only be aware of this confusion from time to time.

Without being overly detrimental in regard to our self confidence, we must somehow disregard the seemingly undying need for the feeling of assuredness while we are here existing within a realm full of uncertainty and illusion. Could we possibily abandon the tendency towards forming judgements in regard to surface appearances while there is so much in this world that is not what it seems to be? Can we accept that we may only see that which is shown? That which is hidden is always unbeknownst to us. The basic question remains: Why do we need to feel sure in a world full of mystery and uncertainty? Perhaps the answer may be found in the abandonment of the need for assuredness along with acceptance of the undeniable uncertainty that persistently pervades the consciousness of all those who inhabit the Earth.

Perhaps the antidote to relieve ourselves from the angst and insecurity that arises as a result of the uncertainty in our world lies in common elements like hope, belief, and faith. It would seem as if there is no fear involved while one has faith. As it seems there is no faith while one lives in fear. Perhaps, in these uncertain times, we may find our fears and anxiety to be relieved as we seek out sources of hope and faith, while abandoning the false sense of knowledge that lulls us into complacent judgement and the illusion of security.

 

Back to Commentary