Day 160: June 9 – They Know Enough Who Know How To Learn

~ Hyde Park, London

Wisdom

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

~ Francis Bacon

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Wit

The simplest questions are hardest to answer.

~ Northrop Fyre

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What Happened

AD 68: Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide.

1672: Birth of Russian Tsar Peter the Great.

1815: The final act of the Congress of Vienna settles the boundaries of Europe until 1870.

1866: The Prussians under Bismarck invades Holstein. 

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Writer’s Addendum

Are we so sure about the things that we think are so certain, so self-evident? Or is our certainty merely an illusion, a habit of lazy thinking, a belief, or some form of faith we have in something or somebody? Descartes admonishes us to self-reflect. Every person should at least, once in his or her lifetime, reexamine all his beliefs, faith and truths to see whether we should continue to trust and rely in them. 

Knowledge is piecemeal. We progress and develop when we self-reflect. As the quote above states, sometimes the easiest of questions are the hardest to answer.

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