I fight the idea of certainty especially when it pertains to human affairs because settling for it is death for the intellect. Even when we discuss more tangible things like physical phenomena at the sub nuclear level can leave room for doubt as to what we really comprehend. I abhor certainty because it can breed mental laziness and encourage hubris. I have pointed this out with the example of religion where the more fervent the orthodoxy the more the individual does not acknowledge the reality that we know very little about our purpose and role in this universe. The temptation to judge increases the more we think we have all the answers.

Perhaps good intentions tinged with hope are what people require most.


  1. At my age, I think of Certainty as a Walgreen's brand of incontinency products. Following your analysis of certainty, though, I guess I should be using Depends, instead. 😁


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