This came from a commentary that i read. Your thoughts please.
There was a phrase that I loved to repeat when I was young in religion. I say religion because it sure wasn't very spiritual. The phrase was a quote from someone I've now forgotten; however, I've not forgotten the phrase- "Tell me your certainties, I have enough doubts of my own." I no longer embrace that paradigm. The one I know cling to is in fact quite the opposite.
"Certainty Divides Us & Doubts Unite Us!"
My religious up-bringing taught me to KNOW what it was that I KNEW. And for some reason it totally escaped me as to how lucky I was that I, KNEW, why they (most others) didn't. What a blessed man I was.
What I also found out was that I was creating a lot of enemies. For some reason they were not as enamored with my brilliance as I was. My haughtiness, that I wasn't all that aware of, was showing through the veins in my neck, I guess.
Or maybe it was the loudness of my voice?
Perhaps my belligerent demeanor?
To live in the twenty-first century is to live in the midst of diversity, wild opinions, differing philosophies, numerous religions, and choices galore. Rigid religions no longer work- if they ever did.
In order to survive, one has to adopt a basic premise that ALL of our theories about life are NOT FACTS, but hypotheses. It helps one love your neighbor as well. In the third dimension of life there are no absolutes.
This doesn't mean that you adopt a "relativist lifestyle". Because no one premise is adequate, doesn't mean that all concepts are equally inadequate.
Life is a mystery so lets discuss our thoughts, our opinions, our ideas, and let's not claim inerrancy for our own ideas. Let's live and enjoy the diversities of life, the uncertainties that make us get closer to one another. A degree of insecurity isn't all that bad.
I can't be ME without YOU.
And YOU can't be YOU, without ME- and OTHERS!
I'm not the same person I was last year.