Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.One of the hardest concepts for each individual member of humankind to wrap his/her head around is knowing not knowing. We live in a world in which knowing is supreme -- the time, our age, how much money is in the bank, our address. Smart people rise to the top. Those who think they know run the world.
~ Alan Watts ~
But too often, smart individuals aren't necessarily wise individuals. Wise people are those few who accept knowing not knowing. In fact, the more they know they don't know, the more they don't know they know.
Yes, I know that sounds (in the common vernacular) like unmitigated gibberish, but knowing not knowing is pure science and poetry. It is the only part of existence we can each be sure of, then again, can we be sure of anything?
Acknowledging knowing not knowing is a tad bit scary. The one common fear that our species shares is the fear of not knowing that which we cannot know, the unknown. In those quiet moments when we are deep alone within our souls, we grasp that the unknown is ten times ten times ten more than the possibly or potentially known.
So, for me, the greatest irony of ironies is that in our materialistic world the wisest of the wise -- those who fully embrace knowing not knowing -- are the people most likely to swept aside. The people most likely not to be listened to. The people most likely not to be used as societal models.
But they shed not a tear for knowing not knowing deflates the ego and so, what's there to cry about?