Understanding is gained in the process of journeying and reflection. By grand design understanding must be sufficient but never complete.
After giving the above response to someone’s tweet I began wondering about the nature of understanding and of the process of journeying into understanding. I think that in the initial phase of our journey we have certain understandings of the world and of phenomena which are premised on some fairly generic principles. These principles inform our assumptions, joys, sadnesses and our acceptance of certain people or ideas as opposed to others. Nonetheless understandings are never fixed but mutate in the course of journeying
When put to the test in the wake of the churnings and breakings life inflicts on us, our generic principles sometimes prove inadequate. That is when they must either mutate or atrophy into irrelevance and ineffectiveness. The uncertainty and confusion that results from contextually inadequate principles propels us to grope for an understanding that fits. It is in this process that lucidity awakens and with it the joy of understanding. But the cycle begins again.
It seems then that it is the grand design that understanding should be sufficient but never complete to allow for continuous journeying and arrivals on increasingly elevated platforms of understanding.
gazing toward the horizon
with youthful investments of confidence that
in time we will understand.
Get a handle on the puzzle.
Be better at strategizing
for living and loving and being.
Surely like fine wine
wisdom will increase in the school of aging.
Surely early stumblings will decline
in the midst of the unfolding surge.
poised mid-staircase, we’ve still not arrived
’cause we’re still locked on the platform of reaching,
locked in the embrace of youthful yearning
for life’s beautiful things: understanding, clarity—
which we no more possess now than when we first began.
At the finish as at the start,
we’re condemned soldiers of the dark,
questing for that ever receding light.