It’s just up ahead. So close.
My destination. Finally.
But… turns out…
There is no there there.
Only more questions, more unknowns that I didn’t know I didn’t know.
It will always be such.
I’ll never get there.
If I keep at it, the depths of my ignorance will only keep growing.
Questions will multiply. Answers will crumble under me.
If I stand pat, clinging to my fragile answers, the comfort of “certainty” will be merely an illusion.
And I will know it.
The universe is smaller and paler, and seemingly safer, facing away from that confounding frontier.
We humans are here today, though, because our ancestors kept pushing at the horizon and into the unknown.
It’s deep within us to quest and attempt to unravel mysteries and to merely see what’s around the bend.
We will be in peril when we no longer heed the call of the frontier, when we are content with the answers we already have.
We’re in peril now.
Our hope, individually and collectively, is in the embrace of our ignorance and the pursuit of truth no matter where it leads.
“I don’t mind not knowing. It doesn’t scare me.” –Richard Feynman*
*It was Feynman who relished the “expanding frontier of ignorance” in his study of physics. And it was Feynman who delighted in the pleasure of finding things out.