What Do I Know?

30 Jul

Catching up on my blog reading, I read this post today and it illustrates up one of the main tenants of my life:  Not only is the act of learning never over, but the re-assessment of what we THINK we know is also never done.

I think this is one of the things that differentiates spiritual paths tagged as “pagan” from other religious paths.  Nothing is written in stone, everything is fluid, and one must constantly be mindful of what one knows or believes to be true.  Just as nature evolves, our spirituality and knowledge evolves, and we expect this to occur.  We do not desire things to remain constant and the same.  So while we share many things in common with other religious paths (i.e., ritual, set “holidays,” acknowledgement of one or more deities, honoring of such deities), we do not have a structured one-must-fit-all set of rigid rules that leaves scant room for growth and change.

Change can be hard to accomplish, but change is ultimately beneficial, even if the outcome of the change must be changed again.  When we challenge the status quo, either outside ourselves or within, we exercise critical and creative thinking, and critical and creative thinking creates new pathways in the brain.  It is the natural way to fight off the effects of aging, just as physical exercise fights off decline of the body and social change fights off stagnation of the political body.  One of the nice things about changing is, if you don’t like the result, you can change back or change to yet another choice.

So question what you know and challenge what you absolutely know.  For there is one thing I do know:  Everything I know is open to challenge, debate and change.  In the end, the only truthful answer to “What do I know?” is, “I know nothing with absolute certainty.”

8 Responses to “What Do I Know?”

  1. madelineclairefranklin July 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM #

    Well put!

    • Faerie♥Kat July 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM #

      Thanks, and thanks for dropping in; love your blog and sense of humor, too.

      ♥Kat

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  2. Saje July 31, 2009 at 4:44 AM #

    I think this is just what I needed to hear… but I also think I need to come back when I am less tired to reread and relearn it’s message!

    • Faerie♥Kat July 31, 2009 at 8:25 AM #

      Indeed! How could you even see it at this o’dark of the day? Hugz, Kat

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  3. Nicole July 31, 2009 at 3:00 PM #

    Love this post Kat.. it really made me think. I also read the one you linked to.. she and I have the same theme lol!!
    I really liked when you said:

    “Everything I know is open to challenge, debate and change. In the end, the only truthful answer to “What do I know?” is, “I know nothing with absolute certainty.”

    That is the same for me 100%

    *~Nik.

    • Faerie♥Kat July 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM #

      And the older you get, the more amazed you will find this to be. You will be even more amazed at the number of other people who DON’T know this and who think they do know exactly…exactly what is right about things they can’t possibly have any absolute knowledge of…and they will never be convinced otherwise. [sigh] —– Original Message —–

  4. Marvin August 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM #

    I know enough to know that I know nothing.

    • Faerie♥Kat August 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM #

      Then you are smarter than you know! —– Original Message —–

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