The Coronavirus Exposes The Shortcomings Of Relying on Knowledge And “Knowing” For Security

One may, or may noticed that the guidelines being issued forth by the government with regards to how to stay safe from the virus have been “steadily evolving”.

Things thought to have once been “safe practice”, have now been deemed perhaps unsafe, or updated to “precautionary”. The truth appears to be that we are in a process of constantly learning when it comes to this virus, and this sort of activity is that we’re not too comfortable with because we humans like “to know”, we like “predictability”, and this virus is anything but that.

But because we like predictability, we tend to “believe” things which perhaps are not true in order to cultivate a more secure feeling. So we tend to “rely” on knowledge for security even thought it winds up being the source of great conflict. But rely on it we must, to satisfy the root insecurity occurring within most everyone, that caused by thought.

Because the nature of thought is that it’s based on knowledge, which intern is based on experience, which intern is always limited because we are constantly having more experience and therefor accumulating more knowledge, knowledge also implies unknowing, or ignorance. It is this ignorance that is exacerbating this present pandemic crisis, all crises, and our lives in general on this planet.

Some examples:

At first they said you don’t have to wear a mask in public, or only for sick people and medical staff. Now they’re saying everybody must wear a mask all the time in public when unable to properly socially distance.

We know the virus is transferred via droplets in the air. Initially they said that the droplets are ejected out via a sneeze or cough and then thought to drop to the ground. Now, science tells us that the droplets can hang in the air for up to three hours. This discovery also drastically and dramatically changes the way in which we live with the virus.

At first they thought that a read in body temperature would accurately reveal who was probably sick and who wasn’t. Now, we know that people can carry the virus around for days being asymptomatic and feeling fine without any temperature at all, so then a temperature check is not a reliable method for determining whether someone is sick or not. We now understand that, although it is unfeasible, to get the tightest grip possible on the infection rate we need to test everybody.

And most recently…

“The CDC has long said said that fever, cough and shortness of breath are indications that someone might have the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. It has now added six more conditions that may come with the disease: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.”

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All of these bits of partial knowledge, while they may have been helpful to some degree, where also helping potentially to increase the spread of the virus, again, due to this limited nature of knowledge.

The problem with “knowing” is that we cease to inquire, which is the last thing that should be done, or not done in this case. Again, the problem with “knowing” and “knowledge” is that its always cumulative, its always being added to, and so in this way, is always limited. Also again, this limitation a result of its inverse manifesting in the form of ignorance.

This wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t depend on knowledge for just about everything, but we do, and so this limited knowledge goes on to guide and informs us and blinds us as we live.

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