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I Don't Know

Most people have very a definite outlook on life. They know the answers to all the political, religious and economic problems of our time. These answers usually start with:

“It’s very simple …”


“You only have to …”

I disconnect when I hear these lines. These are insecure and fearful whistlers in the dark and if you talk back and ask how they can experience something as simple that you conceive as extremely complicated you are up for a rude answer. Things are not allowed to be too difficult or too complicated. In this hard world you have to be in charge and you have to have things under control. Or else …

It’s when the “It’s very simple …” and “You only have to …” people meet in phalanx that things turn truly ugly. Because  everything is simple those who do not see the simpleness are either completely dumb or have their own agenda (e.g. because they are super-rich, manipulative, or evil, or even politicians) and with those “You only have to …“.

Hey, you “I don’t know” person, you “This is a very pressing problem – but I don’t know the answer” people out there: I love you. You are my tribe.

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  1. Ian
    February 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Absolutely agree with you; one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever seen is the Dalai Lama, one of the most recognized spiritual leaders in the world, shrugging, giggling, and saying “I don’t know!” in response to a question.

  2. February 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    The Soros quote from the link on your last post was a real wakeup call for me…While I haven’t got a clue, I’m beginning to see how those wedded to the systems of yesterday have a great deal to loose as this continues to drain out, and they are and will continue to be the fear mongers…whether we want it or not, yesterday’s solutions aren’t going to work anymore…it’s a new day and we haven’t got a clue (I said that already)…anybody got some cheese?

  3. February 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Hello Ian, “refreshing” seems a good word to describe the Dalai Lama – and modesty. I once had the privilege to attend a lecture of the Dalai Lama at the University of Hamburg. Seeing him within the context of my (philosophy) professors made a strong impression: he laughed a lot and he said: “I don’t know”.

  4. February 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Richard, I agree, it’s difficult to sort out how much of this is manipulative (investor) talk. However I think sometimes the marxist point of view is fruitful: which are the economic preconditions for our way of life? What if these conditions change?

  5. February 23, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Welcome in this tribe! Be aware that we are very small 😉

  6. February 23, 2009 at 3:55 am

    How do these last two posts fit together. Asking questions and looking for answers–if any exist–requires a change in perspective. That’s not possible if we’re water in the sea.

    People who appeal to history tend to be your “it’s really simple” types, but where else do we find that perspective? Anyway I’ll claim membership in your tribe and not provide any answers, facile or otherwise.

  7. February 23, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Hello Fragezeichner, our tribe is small but we live all over the world. And if we find a common language, our tribe is

    not so small
    after all.

  8. February 23, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Sid, membership card is on its way to you. Please sign the copy and send it back to us to benefit from our special offers for members and to receive the weekly Tribe Times at a bargain price.

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