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Richard Feynman And The Life-Affirming Beauty Of Uncertainty

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‘I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.’

Richard Feynman was one of the greatest minds of history, and the above quote has been attributed to him, although there are no sources to verify the claim. What is sourced and verifiable is a similar quote from a BBC interview:

‘You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live, not knowing, than to have answers which might be wrong.’

Words to live by, wise and constructive and workable at the same time. Most of all, words one can understand and relate to, and which permit rather than restrict knowledge and inquiry.

Because hypocrisy is a terrible burden (‘We are learned men of information and development, but we espouse religious belief systems rooted in absolute authority and immutable rules’).

Today’s society may tolerate such lapses in judgment, but the future will be less accommodating. Like another saying goes:

If it don’t add up, whatever it is, it ends up in the trash can.

From your subtly in-your-face Spin Doctor,

Eyes open, mind sharp.

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