Thursday, June 11, 2009

Im Certain of my Uncertainty.

Grant me the serenity,
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.

I accept the fact that I cant know it all. I wish I could. Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? Who/what created me? These questions seem to invade my thoughts on more than one occasion and not only that but I seem to be attracted to people who think they know the answers. Christians, Atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, it seems there are many people in the know. How do they do it? How do they keep a straight face when saying that "their" belief is the right way? I wonder why so many of us need to know for certain and are not comfortable enough with the mystery that life is. Here's a prayer for all from my daughter and I.

We will win,
Why, we'll tell you why.
Because we have faith, courage and enthusiasm.
G-d, thank you for this day,
bless our mothers and fathers
and help us have another wonderful day tomorrow.


Sabio Lantz said...

I agree that resting in uncertainty is an art. But I think the questions you listed are odd. These are not questions I am uncertain about. There are lots of other uncertain questions, so why not settle these. For noone created me and thus I do not have a purpose. If you should imagine a rather intelligent squirrel asking the same questions, you'd see how silly they are.

Day dreaming in uncertainty about someone creating you for a purpose seems naively self-absorbed and thus leading to unnecessary suffering in a world where there is already enough to go around without adding anthropocentrism !

But, dude, if it works for your daughter and you, then it is beautiful !

Anonymous said...

There is an interesting book I think you might enjoy. It's titled "The Religious Case Against Belief." It's short, raises many questions about the nature of "belief" and our relatively new need to cling to "beliefs." Check it out if you feel led . . .

Luke said...

i think you and Erasmus of Rotterdam would really get along... when he was faced with challenges and ethical questions his responce is that "i will remain as skeptical as possible for as long as possible" so that all the nuance and consquences could be considered.

rawk and roll dawg!

Anonymous said...

I really like the prayer - it exhumes confidence in God - and not just uncertainty...and maybe we need to have some of both (like any normal relationship).

"I wonder why so many of us need to know for certain and are not comfortable enough with the mystery that life is." (John)

Everyone is trying to put a label on the's just human nature. Since Adam could start naming animals humans have the 'curse' of being certain - like Moses' experience - God 'needed' to have a name and what name was given...none when you think about it (I am who I am - which really is - He is).

I think we all want to have the answers and humans have trouble with uncertainty - I know I do. I have to fly to Greece in about 2 weeks or so - what troubles me is flying...why? I have no control in the endeavor - and that obvious level of 'uncertainty' kind of plays with one's mind.

mac said...

I'm happy not knowing.

"The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know." -- Socrates

Tit for Tat said...
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Tit for Tat said...


Give me a list of your "odd" questions. Geez, if I saw a squirrel doing that, I would say what a freaking genius that one is. ;)


Thanks for the book recommendation Brian.


Damn that name Erasmus is to close to "youre an ass". LOL.


Thanks Jason. If you were to ask my daughter why she is going to be successful in life she would probably say it is because she has faith, courage and enthusiasm.
If youre challenged with flying I suggest you stay away from the tube. You may end up projecting stuff. :)


Well, if only that was the case for most of us. The world would be ecstatic lol.

mac said...

Well, you know "Ignorance is bliss".....I'm a very happy guy ;-)

Yael said...

You're a hypocrite, John. Obviously you think your way is right for you and your kid even as you deride the rest of us for thinking our ways are right for us and ours.

How do you keep a straight face?


Tit for Tat said...

How do you keep a straight face?(Yael)

With much difficulty. Though I try. :)

Yael said...

LOL I hear you. Sometimes I think we're all insane, but hey, we have fun!

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