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06 May 2010 @ 08:00 pm
The trouble with knowledge  
I used to somehow think that if I could just know enough about something, that everything would fall into place. I know this now to be an extremely untenable position to hold most of the time. While conceptually understanding a situation may help, it doesn't always translate into the kind of advantage that I have always assumed it would. Here's why I think this is true:

1. No matter how much you actually know. You will never know enough to completely explain what's happening. (although you may delude yourself into believing such.)

2. Logic works when you have all the relevant facts. You rarely have all the relevant facts and how would you know if you did?

3. What you know may just explain present phenomena, not predict future phenomena.

4. A complete conceptual understanding does not translate into effective action.

5. Some of what you may know may be wrong.
 
 
 
The Tulchmeister.: blue thoughtsariel_t on May 7th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Agreed. Life is inexplicable. And that can be a wonderful thing. *hug*