There Was No Positive Uncertainty
In medieval time there was no such thing as doubt, Unknown.
Positive uncertainty didn’t exist before 1989, when I introduced my positive uncertainty conceptual framework. In 2007 I started my Process of Illumination essays. I was promoting a collective worldview that is open and inclusive, one worldview at a time.
I think I can clearly admit the collective worldview hasn’t happened. I would like to say yet, but I need to accept reality. The reality is that the near future won’t bring a collective worldview that is open and inclusive. Some people, maybe many people, are open-minded and compassionate. But world-wide human behavior suggests this isn’t the reality of most.
However, the current worldwide event, the coronavirus, may be making a difference. This worldwide event is featuring uncertainty — probably like never before. Is it possible that uncertainty is becoming accepted as the new norm? We don’t know when or if the coronavirus crisis will end. We don’t know the future of global warming. We don’t know if working at home will become normal? In other words, we can’t predict the immediate future; so we know it is uncertain. Are we beginning to know and accept uncertainty?
Would this acceptance of uncertainty, if it were true, make a difference? People believe to be true what they want to be true. This will probably continue to be the norm. However, ambiguity, uncertainty, and doubt will be hard to sell. How do we convince people that what they want to be true, may not be what they want to be true? Remember, be careful what you wish for.
Once upon a time it was believed that the sun rotated around the earth and the earth was flat. And once it was believed that seeing is believing: you need to see something before you can accept that it really exists or occurs. Those beliefs have changed. Today the earth is not believed to be flat by most people. Today believing is seeing by most.
Today uncertainty exists, although everyone doesn’t embrace it. Will it become obsolete? Will it become the common? The fate of positive uncertainty is uncertain. Beliefs about uncertainty have been with us forever. For example:
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable. To be certain is to be ridiculous, Socrates.
Madness is the result not of uncertainty but of certainty. Friedrich Nietzsche
The future is uncertain but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.
The longing for certainty … is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion. . Oliver Wendell Holmes