June 19, 2009

Doubt

Posted in Darth Vaguer, Grief, Oubliette, Past, Present, The Just a Little Sad, The Why at 8:13 am by Dagny Taggart

Who has time for it, really?  I mean, we’re bombarded with decision-making opportunities every day, with barely a microsecond between one decision and the next.  Doubt paralyzes, makes all decisions harder to some degree, because it allows for the possibility of erroneous choices, and thus places on us the burden of more thought, which takes time, and brings to mind all of the decisions we’re not making while we take the time to think.  And doubt, like a fine mist, creeps into those microsecond cracks and permeates.

It’s easier to push doubt aside, to say that one is choosing not to doubt, that one is choosing to insulate with faith.

But what if doubt is healthy, there for a reason?  What if doubt is merely another name for the astigmatic haze around the red flags lining the path of a particular choice?

What if?

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4 Comments »

  1. Alias Faux said,

    I’m of the opinion that faith doesn’t insulate from doubt, faith destroys doubt.

    If there is doubt, there is not faith, there’s just hope.

  2. Brian said,

    All doubt is not created equal, and the trick is distinguishing between the gut feeling that we need to listen to and the knee-jerk risk aversion that so often rears its head. I kind of think doubt, at least in the form of caution, is often underrated, and too quickly dismissed in the name of “embracing experience.”

    Your gut is there for a reason, and I think we ignore it at our peril. Not that it should rule, but it has a place at the table.

  3. Jen said,

    Brian is smart.

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