Fandango’s Provocative Question for this week “Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”
Wowza, there’s a thesis in the making. Once again I have to take my octagon stance and say “both.” Why? It depends on what it is you’re going to know or not know.
First off a lot of us agree about medical knowledge. If something’s wrong with MY body, I want to know the details, the options, everything. Why? Because there is a chance I can alter the outcome and there are plenty of direct actions I can take. Even if all my efforts have yield no improvement , I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I did all I could and that counts for a lot. I’m a big believer in being your own medical advocate and proactive care. I’ve seen it work personally on myself and on Superhubs too. We took charge of our medical problems, have both outlived our original expectancies by quite a bit and we’re still going strong.
Here’s where the NO comes in. Let’s say a psychic offers to tell you the exact date and cause of your death. To know or not to know? Personally, that stupid psychic utters one word to me and he’s liable to wind up with a concussion from me whapping him with my bag, a 2X4, or whatever else is handy. NONONONONO! But that’s me. Precognizance is a dangerous thing. Once you know the future, you’re likely to try to change it which can lead to all kinds of other problems. To quote Jean de la Fontaine, “One often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”
I’m a believer in chaos theory and the butterfly effect. That is, a very small change in initial conditions can create a significantly different outcome. Or, change one thing, you change them all. I try to live every day as if it were my last because bottom line, it doesn’t matter, we’re all going to die. Personally, I’d just as soon not know exactly when or how.
Of course the question of “better to know or not know” can also apply to the current state of our media. But honestly, I just don’t have the energy to get off on that rant. 😉
Til next time ~Peace ~JPP