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A larger "I don't Know"

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We want so fervently to understand
That we deceive ourselves, from earliest youth
Imagining we grasp some solid truth.
What certainty we have is built on sand.

"Whence comes the pow'r from which our lives are lent?"
- One part of understanding, six of faith.
"That counts for seven. What about the eighth?"
- The will itself is potent, as intent.

So ply what certainty you have - don't hesitate
To act decisive while control avails.
Where logic takes you, do not spurn to go.
In heaven as on earth your pow'r is great.
The wider sphere your mastery prevails,
The deeper is your sense of "I don't know"

- JJM #60 in the I Ching Sonnet Project


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