Sunday, June 20, 2010


Doubts are hard to entertain, like trolls.

I prefer uncertainty to certainty, doubt to authority. Whenever I'm certain about something, I'm usually wrong. I even have doubts about doubt: I'm no atheist.

Even when I'm not wrong, I'm usually redundant. Others have thought these thoughts first. My favorite such admonition comes from the Eqyptian Book of the Dead — "What the gods love best is silence."

On the other hand, I tend to be in-your-face about mystery. Doubt is fine. Unknowns are insufferable. The flip side of doubt is not fear, but curiosity.

Solitary confinement is like trying to play spoons with a slide rule. You bring your demons with you.

"Nothing should tamper with natural ignorance." — Oscar Wilde, in The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell's interview. Maybe. I'm not sure about that.

Even doubt is too much. Maybe ignorance is better.

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