A pilot flies a plane into the Alps killing himself and 149 passengers. What would make a person do this? Did he have on going psychological problems? Did he have a grudge against his employers? Was he going to be made redundant? Was he depressed about the end of a relationship? Did he want to become notorious? Notorious for what?
Malaysian Airline flight MH370 disappeared into the sea on March 8th 2014 killing 239 passengers on board. The plane was miles off course with no explanation. Nothing has been found of the plane. Could this be a similar type of incident?
A young woman accused of murdering a flat mate in Italy is finally declared innocent in Italy in a Court of Appeal. Nobody really knows what happened on that night. Out of 3 possible perpetrators only one is in prison. Nobody really knows the circumstances in which the victim died.
The problem is we don’t know – and probably will never know. Our culture at the moment is centred on knowing. It makes us secure. This has happened through time. If something wasn’t known something was made up to explain it. Now we have the new truth of science and technology. Anything can be taken apart, digitised, and understood. If it isn’t understood science labels it undiscovered and put on the list for further exploration and discovery.
Don’t know is difficult. Yet it seems people with their unique characteristics, talents and blind spots come close to don’t know. Marriages fail, lovers leave, children rebel. We don’t know how people even those close to us will react.
The love of history, nature, and animals might be in some way a reaction to don’t know. They don’t talk back or let us down.
How do we accept the don’t know? Notice it? Pay it attention? Practice living with it?
Develop a familiar, closer relationship to it? Don’t know.
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