Not Having All the Answers

I’m reading The Good Life by Hugh Mackay1. I was struck by the following passage, which seems particularly relevant to current times.

Fundamentalism (whether religious, political, economic or cultural) thrives at times of social upheaval and insecurity. When we are at our most perplexed or bewildered, gripped by moral panic and baffled by ambiguity, that’s when we are also most vulnerable to promises of black-and-white simplicity that offer us certainty.

There are few absolute truths. We must get comfortable with the idea of not having all the answers and learn to go with the flow in the face of the unknown.

  1. Mackay, H. (2013) The Good Life. Sydney, NSW: Pan Macmillan Australia.