Bayazid, a Sufi mystic, has written in his autobiography, “When I was young …..” …. ‘Now there is no time left. This you should have asked in the beginning. Then there was a possibility.’”
Hi Bhatta and FOS
Several aspects to this.
Any skill requires practice.
Sure we need to learn about how to most effectively change those aspects of ourselves that require change (and which aspects are changeable with the time and energy available and which are not). And similarly with both others and our environment. And in most cases the easiest way to change others is to be the change we desire. Often who we be speaks louder than what we say.
And while there are undoubtedly some very powerful lessons encoded in the stories of different cultures, it also seems to be true that we are learning exponentially more as time goes on (at least those of us who are actively looking – for the rest, distractions also multiply at an exponential rate). So it also seems true that for the most part, any explanatory framework more than a few decades old is unlikely to be anything more than a rough guide to the paths now available.
It seems that the fact that all children must start out with simple distinctions like “Truth”, combined with the many social forms of political control embedded in systems of rules, makes it difficult for many to accept the profound uncertainty that seems to be present in this reality we find ourselves in. Most people seem to find such uncertainty too uncomfortable, and retreat to levels of comfort found in the many mythologies of truth (unreal certainty from a modern perspective).
And sure there is a lesson here.
Know thyself, first and foremost.
Know thyself in an evolutionary context (both biological and social), a social context, a biological/biochemical context, in a games theory context, in a complexity theory context, in the contexts of quantum uncertainty, maximal computational complexity, Turing completeness, infinite possibility and strategy spaces.
In the face of any infinity, profound uncertainty is the only option.
Faced with an infinite set of infinities, profound is too small a concept to tag to uncertainty. Reality seems to demand of us an ability to accept that which is beyond comprehension.
And none of that absolves any of us from the responsibility to be the best us that we can manage, moment by moment, and to accept our many failings and inadequacies as a necessary part of the process.