|Is this a great image, or what?? I found it here: http://www.asme.org/kb/news---articles/articles/uncertainty-analysis/experimentation-in-uncertainty-analysis|
And I like that.
It may be a personal eccentricity, this love for wrestling with questions; but the more I dwell on the idea of identity, the more I'm beginning to see it as something absolutely necessary. In fact, it's as necessary to identity as breathing is to life.
Partly just because who I am - and who you are - is something that contains more layers than the proverbial onion. If we want to understand one another, we need to delve beneath those layers. But if you've had the tenacity to follow my other feverish ramblings on the subject, you'll already know I see it as more than that.
It seems to me that our "identities" - or what we see as our identities, are very often something we hide behind. Our "world views", also, tend to be a neat abstraction that we paste across reality, in order to protect ourselves from seeing it too clearly. This makes life comfortable, and to an extent, we need to be able to simplify in order to understand anything in this complex universe. I'm not suggesting we throw off all our understandings of everything, and live instead in angst-ridden confusion. However the "abstractions" we use as shorthand understandings of ourselves and our universe need to be mindful; and ever-growing. If not, we become mere cardboard cutouts of ourselves and never truly alive.
And it seems to me, that this "aliveness" is only to be found at the edge of our abstractions. In the bits that either thrum joyously with or rub uncomfortably against reality and cause us to re-evaluate. There's life in exploring the edges, and in the unanswered questions that we must wrestle with.
To me, this applies to faith, to relationships, to everything. Bring on the questions!!!