It’s human nature to want to understand, to want to figure out, to want to know. Some of our greatest scientific discoveries have come from that innate curiosity about how the world works.
Yet there is a difference between “wanting to know,” which derives from a healthy spirit of inquiry, and “needing to know,” which too often demonstrates a lack of trust.
When we are fixated on a “need” to know, what we are truly doing is craving control. “If I know what’s going on and why it’s going on, everything will make sense, I will be in control and I will be safe.”
Yet some of our most transformative advances and profound breakthroughs have occurred when an absolute need for certainty is abandoned in favor of the freedom of open-ended exploration…when we turn away from the common sense of the well-trodden path and step into the uncommon wisdom of the road less traveled…when we stop asking “why” (and insist on an answer that makes sense) and start asking “what if”?
What if we could stop insisting that our world make sense to our logical minds? What if we could surrender instead to “heart sense”? What if we could give up the need to know without losing our natural inquisitiveness? What if we could abandon control? What if, like the Fool, we could leap in faith?
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