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8.09.2010

i hope i never think i know.


i want to live in a world where "i don't know" is the currency of choice.

where those three words are recognized as both a gift of humility and generosity.

where that admission is the open doorway, the body of water in which to dive and spin and swirl.

because there is the edge of the cliff. there is the fault-line of humanity.

those three words are prostration before God and the Spirit and the mountains and the rising of the sun each morning.

from there--from the i-don't-know--is life suddenly possible. plausible, even.

it is the heartbeat, the marrow in which to sink one's teeth.


16 comments:

Robby Spratt said...

I really like these thoughts. Having the humility to admit that you don't have all the answers is a very good trait. Few things annoy me more than know-it-all types who constantly talk at you with unsolicited advice. In my experience those you are humble are more teachable.

Lola said...

Love this. I wish I could always remember the possibilities in the i-don't-knows instead of only recognizing the fear. I'm working on it. :)

kara lynn said...

meg, i really really love this.

you are quite amazing!

christine said...

Very inspiring. I love the imagery of the freedom of saying, "I don't know."

The smartest person is the one who knows that he or she doesn't know everything and asks questions.

Jacob C. said...

very deep, inspiring thoughts.

Rachel said...

mmmhmmmm...like this...

"may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile"

Edward Estlin Cummings

The Rookie said...

A phrase of surrender and openness. Lovely, as always, Ms. Fee.

Wisdom + Understanding said...

Another example of your exceptional ability to mould the english language to express that which many attempt to but fail to.

i hope you are well beautiful girl <3

becky said...

This is phrased quite beautifully; saying I-don't-know is not to frustrate but is courageous, admitting that there is possibility and that you have the strength not yet to choose. Brilliant.

ALFIE said...

not knowing is a freedom.
but not a cop-out.

it's the ability to live without fear.

tanuki said...

once we know, we no longer grow

a good philosophy to live by. i think it can apply to lots of aspects of our lives, from the so-called great truths down to our simple assumptions about people and experiences.

-ben

p.s. i'm reading your blog :P

Roxy Te Owens said...

Really, you are an amazing writer. Lately, "I don't know" has been more scary than teeth sinkingly (I believe I made that up) attractive, but I love your attitude.

Ross & Amanda Goodman- but mostly Amanda :) said...

This may be my favorite post of yours ever. I keep coming back to it. I love the currency metaphor. lovely.

Courtney said...

This was so beautiful. Thanks, Meg.

IIDA said...

I first read this post a few days ago. I thought it was top-notch, like everything you post, but I didn't really start thinking about everything you say here until yesterday evening. This post has been on my mind almost constantly since then. And I've been basking in the golden glow of not knowing, finally proud of something I've usually been ashamed to admit.

So I guess I just wanted to say thank you.

Shawn Tina said...

i'm building a world that looks and feels and sounds exactly like this. not everyone gets it. hardly anyone gets it. then i come here and read this. and i know i'm not quite so alone.