Possibility

Uncertainty, risk and possibility are a tag team. You can’t have one without the others. A possibility is about the future. We stand in the present, but we have the capacity for reflexive consciousness. That means we can conjure up and imagine things that have not happened yet. Among all those imaginings we select one that we want. Once we select, we start to inquire more deeply into what has to happen for that “imagining” to become a “reality.” We want to buy a new car, we want to develop greater cardio vascular fitness, we want to take a vacation in Paris, we want to get a new job, we want to get to know that person better, we want to learn to speak French,  we want, we want. Once we select a specific “want,” we have to recognize and then initiate the appropriate means to get to the goal. The means vary according to the goal. It is in the selection of means and taking the actions that will realize those means that we make things happen in our lives. That much is obvious. What we often ignore, however, is that every action includes some element of risk and uncertainty because with every action there are the desired and expected consequences, but there are unexpected and unforseen consequences as well. What those unforseen consequences mean is that when we act, we are tking a risk. The future is unavoidably fraught with uncertainty. It is that very uncertainty that leaves the way open for possibilities. What is settled is done, and all possibility has been eliminated. There is what is, and that is that. Possibility, however, hovers in the domains of uncertainty, and uncertainty means risk. That is the nature of the world, so if you want possibilities, you have to accept the risk and uncertainty that goes with any possibility. The more difficult the possibility is to create, the deeper the risk, the edgier the uncertainty. There is no other way to create what we want. Welcome to our ever changing world.

 

 

 

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About The Practical Philosopher

I am a retired Philosophy professor. I taught philosophy for 43 years, and I would like to share some of what I have found pursuing the fascinating journey of philosophy.
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