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The virtue of the unknown

Posted on March 16, 2012

One asset of the modern world is the plentiful presence of solutions and answers.

Technology, science, medicine, pharmacology, physics, just to name a few disciplines, provide people with cures and solutions to most everyday needs.

Such abundance of knowledge also provides a subtle yet un-renounceable belief; that we are on the right track to the ultimate solution, the conquering of death.

Existential thought may sound outdated in such outlook, as it proposes a fundamentally different idea. The unknown is a basic given of human life and as such it can viewed as a resource to be embraced and even enjoyed, rather than abhorred.

Learning to bear the anxiety of not-knowing may be an essential step along the steep trail up the hill of wisdom. It may even add spice to our life, if experienced as an opportunity for experimenting, gambling or, why not, the excitement of waiting for a final “whodunit” on life’s thriller movie.

The difficulty in embracing such philosophy resides perhaps in the necessity to find a suitable compromise between the basic boundaries and structures required by society and environment, and an inner awareness of human nature being mostly unable to control, predict or prevent.

Such attitude needs a good amount of humility, faith and hope, other essential tools in that uphill trail.

If you are experiencing difficulties with separation, divorce, or simply because you don’t know what is going on or how it will end, perhaps existential therapy could facilitate a deeper understanding of the situation and the world around you.

Paola Pomponi
Existential Psychotherapist
Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist
www.existential-psychotherapist.com

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