Notes on Uncertainty

I’ve been reading a lot about uncertainty lately.

Seth Godin. Pema Chödrön. Kevin Kelly.

Pema puts it best: the way of the warrior is to choose ever more uncertainty.

Of course, as a Buddhist nun, she doesn’t mean the kind of warrior that kills people. But the image is important: for, as Kevin writes in New Rules for the New Economy, the constant change (“flux”) of the network economy can feel like violence.

And that’s the thing about our culture, isn’t it? Violence is begetting violence. Uncertainty is begetting uncertainty.

That certainly doesn’t excuse the violence, and anesthetics are not necessarily the right answer. But it’s hard to think of a healing process that doesn’t start with a move toward uncertainty — and, in uncertainty, some kind of understanding.