You can’t honestly know that

I have been thinking a lot lately about what you can really know, and what you think you can know. A good example of this is the Present and Future. You can know what you are doing, feeling, seeing at that moment, but you can’t predict what you will be doing, feeling, seeing in a moment in the future. You will be able to know at that moment, but just because you will know, doesn’t mean you do know what it will be.

When I reflect on this I realize how much time I have wasted thinking about the future or how I have not moved forward because of my fear of the future. How is that I have a complex that believes that “something I can’t know” will cause “this or that” in some time in the future? Where do we get this fear?

Sure, I understand that we have past experiences that cause us to believe that if that same situation arises again the same result will occur, and we fear that result. But, in its purest form, that thought is ridiculous.

You can’t honestly know that.

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2 Responses to You can’t honestly know that

  1. Adam says:

    An interesting addition to your point on the historical fear of the future… most fear of the future, based on our past experiences, is still completely illogical.

    Unless it’s something like chronic disease, there’s not much in this world that naturally happens over-and-over again that is totally negative experience. Events like hitting a beehive with a stick, going outside in the winter naked, or more serious things like substance abuse or relationship infidelities, which are memorable cause-and-effect scenarios, are all self-induced. We can avoid these things through sensible, Christ-led decisions. Or just “common sense”.

    I think the fear is really rooted in a perceived lack of control, not experiential survival instincts. Of course, desire for power, even over time itself, is the root human condition, and equals parts lack of power = heightened fear.

    Great post Kyle, thanks for getting us to think on this again. Super important to return to often.

  2. Kyle says:

    What it has also done for me is helped lose the “if I do this, then this will happen” mentality.

    All I can do is “this or that” I can’t know what will happen. It has really helped me be present with my children, who never think of the future, but only live in the present.

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