Certainty

beginners mindWhether one is conservative, progressive, or somewhere in between, there are few things more dangerous – or more faith-killing – than certainly. Once I am convinced I have all of the answers, or that my perspective is the only one that makes any sense, I mentally check out of the game and start living my life on auto-pilot. When new ideas or perspectives are introduced, I simply ignore them because I am quite convinced that I have all of the information I will ever need. Of course, one only need reflect on the technological developments of the past fifty years or so to see how foolish such a belief really is. For some reason, though, spiritual people can become extremely frightened of new information and of having to change their ideas and understanding. In fact, fundamentalism is built almost completely around the need for certainty. Isn’t it better, though, to be uncertain at times that to be certainly wrong all the time?

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