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The Paradox of Certainty

November 25, 2019

When we feel our lives are inside out and upside down, we crave certainty. There is an inner urge for us to acquire a richer and more detailed map of the terrain. The clearer the map the more confident we are to make decisions and to move forward into the landscape.

From an evolutionary perspective the human drive to increase certainty meant a greater chance of survival. It meant security and safety. Uncertainty was where danger and, potentially, death lurked.

From a modern perspective, especially if you live in the West, life-threatening instances are very few and far between. Still, this does not dampen are innate urge to seek the shelter of certainty...

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