Tuesday, June 25, 2013

No One Knows What She's Doing

Generally speaking, absolutely no one knows what he or she is doing.

Really. It's a fact, just comes with being human.

Before you run off to find examples of people who do know what they're doing or dismiss my statement as just negative, please let me add this:
not knowing what you're doing is a 
natural and desirable state, i.e., it's a good thing. 
Yup, what separates humans from other species is that we have an insatiable appetite for learning. We're curious. We love that moment when, after toiling for hours on a problem, we see the solution and say, "Ah, hah!"

It's in our DNA.

Our drive to learn, grow and understand is more deeply entrenched and more endemic to being human than our drives for sex or food or sleep. It's insatiable. It can be satisfied only momentarily after rigorous periods of exploration and puzzling. However, as we digest what we've learned, it is renewed, moreover, it becomes even stronger.

Sometimes we try to sate our appetite for learning with  rehashed versions of what we've learned before, but the leftovers never quite do the trick. What had been satisfying isn't. So we find ourselves restless, confused and ready for more.

We are learning machines that consume and process vast amounts of fresh puzzles and problems. Hence, it's not natural to know what you're doing. If you do, then you're denying who you are and/or lying about knowing what you're doing.

So, if there is anything "negative" about no one knowing what he or she is doing, it's not the fact of it; it's the denial of it as our natural state of being human. To know what you're doing, to not struggle with new problems and challenges is to deny your humanity. It just ain't right.

So, if sometime to day you find yourself thinking, "What the heck have I got myself into here? I haven't got a clue as to what to do!", rejoice! You are celebrating your humanity.

If on the other hand, you don't find yourself in such a situation, well... um... hmm...

Happy Tuesday,

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