Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call

When I was younger I thought my knowledge would increase with years, that it was steadily expanding like the universe. A constantly widening area of certainty that correspondingly displaced and diminished the reach of uncertainty. I was really very optimistic. With the passage of time I must admit that I know roughly as much as then, perhaps even slightly less, and with nothing like the same certainty. My so-called experiences are not the same as knowledge. It is more like, how shall I put it, a kind of echo chamber in which the little I know rings hollow and inadequate. A growing void around a scant knowledge that rattles foolishly like the dried-up kernel in a walnut. My experiences are experiences of ignorance, its boundlessness, and I will never discover how much I still don’t know, and how much is something I believed.

Jens Christian Grøndahl, Silence in October.


Notes:Quote: Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels). Portrait of Jens Christian Grondahl via Nuevo Periodico

Comments

  1. Powerful!

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  2. Pretty profound for first thing after a holiday weekend.

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  3. Geesh! And I thought my outlook was grim given the fact that we’re in the path of a tropical storm/hurricane. 😂

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  4. This becomes more and more evident with the passage of time. Hailing you from across the internet. Take care my friend!

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  5. eyes wide open and trying to always stay awake

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  6. good thing to know I am not alone with such thoughts…

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  7. Well, it’s a start! Some people I know would benefit from that kind of knowledge – of knowing that they don’t know. It can be a valuable thing. At least then you can start learning.

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  8. Ok. Ok. I’m woke! Now… if I could just know how much I don’t know about my wokedness I’d know more than I did before I woke! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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