Things We Don’t Know
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13: 12 NIV
There is very little that we know with certainty. We often think we know why others do what they do, but when we reflect honestly about how unsure we often are of our own motives, it should be obvious that we don’t really know the motives of others.
The more that we know about how the universe works, both on the largest and the smallest scales, from subatomic particles to the formation of galaxies, the more we realize how little we know. No one but God was there at the creation of the universe.
There is a sense in which the world is intelligible: things can be understood well enough to build functioning cars and spaceships and medical devices which do indeed work, but they don’t work so perfectly as to give us the illusion of certainty.
There is plenty that we know, or can know, but our collective knowledge is like a drop in a veritable ocean of ignorance. We do well to remain humble in the face of all that we do not know.