Where there is doubt…

How will you finish that statement?

The First Sunrise of 2009

The First Sunrise of 2009

Tonight I didn’t finish it.  We went to the Drexel to see the movie Doubt.

In my opinion, if someone like Meryl Streep ends up with doubts, the rest of us don’t have much of a chance of avoiding them.

Here are some quotes on the topic of Doubt:

“Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.” (Voltaire)

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” (Einstein)

“There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.” (Tennyson)

“Great doubts…deep wisdom; small doubts…little wisdom.” (Chinese Proverb)

“Doubt is the father of invention.” (Galileo)

“Doubt is the key to knowledge.” (Persian Proverb)

“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.” (Sir Oliver Wendell Holmes)

“When you doubt, abstain.” (Zoroaster)

Now, I am sure that there are lots of quotes that would offer opposing views on the topic of doubt.  It is just the point of certainty that these quotes make us think about.

Can we be so certain that we’ve got it all figured out?

There is that ol’ NLP saying, that the map is not the territory, and it really came to mind tonight when I was watching that movie.  By the way, we saw the play on Broadway with Eileen Atkins, and it was riveting!

Back to my original point, though…

The minute we have certainty, and sit ourselves securely in the middle of it, what happens?  Think about it for a minute.

Does that position:

Open you up or close you in?

Cause you to act with flexibility, or rigidity?

Suggest connection, or separation?

Foster inquisitiveness, or shut off learning?

It’s certainly OK to have beliefs.  But when your belief structure becomes so fixed that it acts as a cruel tyrant over your life (and the lives of those around you), how useful is that?

The Principle of Uncertainty

Be well, and at peace,

Phil





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