We as humans are life-forms who have become quite skilled at surviving on a rock in the middle of nowhere for thousands and thousands of years. Thus, the philosophers of generations before us have collected many questions- most of which were solved through rationality and the pursuit of science. Others still remain unexplained today, such as identifying what swims in the deepest abysses of our oceans and pinpointing who or what created the universe. And what if all the concepts we currently believe with steadfast confidence are simply illusions? This ambiguity abandons us in a grey-area of the mind that is both frustrating and is able to spark much interest.
To say that I “think” something doesn’t necessarily guarantee my credibility. Knowing something with 100% certainty is to successfully defend it as being a reliable and unquestionable doctrine. At one time, ancient mythology was known to mankind as an accepted reasoning for what caused the weather and creation. This means there is a fine, fine line between believing and knowing information, and we often argue our theory as the truth, despite its legitimacy. It may sound ridiculous for you to distrust what seems definite like questioning whether the sun will rise tomorrow from the east. However, to acquire a broad insight into knowledge and our world, you must seek out the relatively impossible- or what we deem as impossible…
Everything that is “known” can be debated with far-fetched, alternative possibilities, which may make you feel sometimes like you’re in “Inception” with Leonardo DiCaprio. Obviously, humans came to exist by natural child birth, the world wasn’t invented five minutes go, and a falling tree in the woods will most definitely make a sound. But there is strength and there is beauty in admitting we do not (and cannot) know the answers to everything, no matter how much effort we put forth into discovering them. Only through open-mindedness, flexibility, and resilience can humans thrive in a setting like our world, which exists off of pure mystery.
A true inquirer accepts his or her short-comings, but they flourish each day with their attentive awareness of the people, societies, and all other elements around them. Because even though information is fickle and humans are limited, we must accept that for what it is. Even Albert Einstein, arguably the smartest man who ever lived and the inventor of the theory of relativity, once said “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination“.