Nobody really knows the truth

Monday • October 17th, 2016

From early childhood, we are indoctrinated with the idea that someone knows and there is a right answer to everything—when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on where we grow up and what society we come from, we are indoctrinated to believe that there is only one right way to live. But this is not true.

What we do know from our history is that people who claim they know the “right” way are usually wrong. Many of our establishments are o en wrong, while many of the people who discover some of our universe’s secrets are ridiculed or even locked up. Galileo Galilei, who figured out the earth was round, was deemed a heretic and put under house arrest by the Pope himself.

In fact, some of our most beloved inventions come from ideas critics who “knew better” insisted would never work. I include a few of my favorite “It’ll Never Work!” quotes from modern times. If you know a great “It’ll Never Work!” quote, please share by commenting on this blog post.

About the car:

Te ordinary “horseless carriage” is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.
—Literary Digest, 1899

About the computer:

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.

—Kenneth Olsen, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

About radio transmissions:

Radio has no future.

—Lord Kelvin (1824–1907), British mathematician and physicist, ca. 1897

I include the above examples to show you that no one really knows the answers, especially to existential questions like what happens when we are born and die or how life started on this planet.

Nobody knows exactly how it all works yet. No one knows how our solar system truly connects to the billions of other solar systems in our universe— or, for that matter, the seemingly endless cosmos beyond.

And you know what? That’s OK—embrace the mystery and enjoy the journey!