“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown!” (Supernatural Horror in Literature by HP Lovecraft)
“People are supposed to fear the unknown, but ignorance is bliss when knowledge is so damn frightening.” (The Laughing Corpse, Laurell K Hamilton)
“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown?” (Conquistadora, Esmerelda Santiago)
“It is the unknown that excites the ardour of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.” (Wallace Stevens)
“Even just seconds ahead is unknown; even just seconds after is open to infinite possibilities.” (Mehmet Murat Ildan)
Every day we wake up to an unknown future.
Sure we know we are going to read the newspaper, go to work, relax with a hobby, but what about the unknown element to life.
We don’t know who we are going to meet who might change our future in some way.
We don’t know what is going to happen that might affect our future in some way.
And sometimes the unknown doesn’t have to be a big global disaster, it can be a simple gesture from a stranger, or a letter that can have the biggest impact on your life.
Do we fear the unknown?
Or do we embrace it?
Patrick Overton in his collection of poems entitled “The Leaning Tree” he wrote “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”
Sometimes taking that first step into an unknown future is the scariest thing to do and it is the biggest leap of faith you will ever take.
Things happen in our lives for a reason – be they good or bad.
Destiny, karma, call it what you like.
But we all have to trust that by journeying on into the unknown we are following our personal, and pre-destined passage through life.
We all know where our ultimate destination lies!
Everyone’s destination is the same, but how we get there varies enormously.
But what about ‘unknowns’ of the past?
Things that happen and you just don’t know the real reason behind it.
Sometimes it really is a case of ignorance is bliss, because in some cases knowing the truth could be more painful than just filing it under “unknown”