I’m starting to think I don’t understand the world anymore

Rollins wrote that faith wasn’t about religion, rather, it was about engaging in an ongoing transformative dialogue instead of seeking some static final understanding. 

What a relief. Especially in a world that places a premium on certainty. Where people we try to be experts because they’re scared and grasping for order don’t want to feel foolish or look stupid and lose control. 

It’s just a defensive edifice against the mystery. 

The reality is, we never get to understand everything. And so, we don’t need more information, perspective and epiphanies and revelations, we need an increasing ability to forget what we know and to surrender the need to understand. 

I don’t have to question every occurrence to see how it fits into the larger plan. 

I don’t have to figure out life and intellectualize everything. 

I don’t need to figure out how I should feel and when I should start to feel differently. 

I don’t have to put everything in a tidy little box so I can understand the world five percent better. 

I accept that I do not, and will not, ever understand or command this place. 

I reserve the right to be puzzled. 

It’s actually quite relaxing. Kicking the addiction to chasing down simple answers and gaining unequivocal assurances frees us up to actually enjoy life for once, instead of always trying to make sense of it. 

That’s not willful ignorance, but joyful surrender. 


Once you accept that you don’t have magical control over the world and finally learn to tolerate mystery, what might be possible for you?

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Scott Ginsberg

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