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holding ideas tentatively
November 23, 2012, 3:15 pm
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When things are uncertain or even scary and everyone looks around for people to lead them and to believe in, they often look for assertions of finitude, grand visions that are certain, minds that have been made up, plans that are strong and complete.  They certainly are not interested in wishy-washiness, ambivalence, backtracking and changes of mind.

But, as Russell describes below, there is often a problem with absolute certainty:  shifting reality – what is perceived to be true now will need to be adjusted tomorrow, as circumstances change.  Ironically, the one thing we can be sure of is that circumstances will change; and that, in a mutable world, it’s better to hold your ideas lightly.

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