Tuesday, 22 March 2011

We really don't know!

There is a mystery that lies at the heart of being and the heart of being human: We don't know. And we don't know. And we don't know... We really don't know! :-)

Thinking that we know something (when we don't) makes us stupid. The truth is that we don't know. In fact the more that we find out about the universe, the more astonishing the mystery becomes... Why is the universe so huge? (Incomprehensibly vast.) What is it all for? Where did it all come from?

I think we can be forgiven for thinking that the universe has a sense of humour to give rise in the way it has to beings such as we are who live in this predicament of mystery in which we find ourselves.

My feeling is that spiritual fulfilment lies on a path that leads to putting ourselves into a direct relationship with that mystery and the silence with which it responds to our questions about it. To the extent that we retreat from the unknowable into the merely unknown, to that extent we miss out on the ecstasy, consolation and human solidarity that is available from that place.

Alternatively we could say that such questions are meaningless and valueless. But I don't think so. I think that the value of such unanswerable questions lies in their ability to put us into a direct relationship with that mystery that lies at the heart of being.

Post scripts:

(1) Is why anything exists at all simply unknown, or is it unknowable, or is it just a stupid question?

(2) It would be very boring if there wasn't a mystery at the heart of being.

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