Blissful when we don’t know, fearful when we know little, faithful when we know more
The journey of gaining knowledge and insights can be characterized by three emotions: blissful ignorance, fear of the unknown, and faith in our growing understanding. These represent our emotional reactions as we learn and develop our comprehension of the world around us.
Blissful ignorance is the state of not knowing, where we remain unaffected by the complexities of life. In this stage, we are often uninformed about potential dangers and risks, allowing us to maintain a sense of peace and tranquility. However, this bliss is fleeting, as it can give way to uncertainty once we start to gain some knowledge. This bliss is also inauthentic, for we have not ventured into a journey of insighting.
As we learn more – both insights and misconceptions – we can become fearful of the unknown. This fear arises from the realization that there is still so much we don’t understand. This can also be brought by our mispercepti9ns and misinterpretations. We might start to worry about making mistakes, or feel overwhelmed by the complexities that come with new information.
Gradually, as we acquire more insights, our confidence grows and we become more faithful in our understanding. We begin to know what we know and know what we don’t know. This newfound faith enables us to navigate the world with more certainty, and we develop the capacity and humility to face challenges with resilience and resourcefulness.
John 6:16-21. It is I; be not afraid.
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-112: APRIL 22, 2023]