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3/28/2013 10:32:00 AM
Room for a View: Not-Knowing, Still Wondering
By Charles Wilkinson


Only recently have I resigned myself to living with not-knowing. I have grown to realize that some questions most important to me are, this side of time, unanswerable.

However, I am blessed with a faith that tells me on the other side there will be no need for question marks or, for that matter, language itself. In the meantime, my living with not-knowing does not delete a constant curiosity. So, sometimes I wonder ...

• With change all around us and running rampant, why does human nature so stubbornly remain the same?

• Except for technological advances, when it comes to wisdom (not information), is  there ever anything new under the sun? Or just how will modern wisdom compare with that of the ancients?

• In the far reaches of the universe there are worlds we do not yet know; they are still light years away from our most sophisticated telescopes. Are there other worlds, I  wonder, in the even further reaches of the universe ahead waiting for our arrival from light years away? Our telescopes may be able to stare into cosmic history, looking for its beginnings, but the future remains always out of reach.

• When will we discover that power will never be all it is meant to be until it is shared?

• If we are all truly created equal, why are race and gender still such problems?

• Why differences among us are compared and judged when simple acceptance is the beginning of understanding and love?

• Why one’s sense of humor is a valid measure of one’s intelligence?

• Why our words so often sabotage our meanings?

• Why the pursuit of perfection can be so destructive of those who seek it?

• What will happen to our world if scientists discover God in the so-called “God particle?”

• Will violence among us, from wars to bullying, ever be erased – like certain other diseases?

• Why questions provide an energy answers sometime seem to discourage?
Not-knowing does not commit anyone to being ignorant; it helps, instead, to embrace one’s humanness. Our questions define the growing edges of our minds; not-knowing does not have to work against that. It simply helps us to focus our energy on where it can do the most good. Perhaps that is why the most intelligent people I respect are those who know what they don’t know.





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