Think about this: maybe experiencing complexity brings us closer to reality than does thinking we’ve actually figured things out. False certainty doesn’t finalize anything. Things keep moving and changing. They are influenced by countless variables, twists and turns . . . never for a moment settling into thingness. So maybe we should question the accuracy or limitations of this kind of false certainty. Conflicting information confuses us only when we’re trying to reach a definite conclusion. But if we’re not trying to reach a conclusion in the first place—if we just observe and pay attention—we may actually have a fuller, more accurate reading of whatever we encounter. – Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question
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