In a few months I’ll be 37. I think it’s fair to assert that I’m past the point at which I’d be considered a young man, and I’m closing in on middle age. The most interesting thing that has accompanied age for me is an increasing awareness of how little I actually know.
When I was younger I was more certain about my knowledge, even though I had less of it. But Socrates’ aphorism “Know Thyself” has become more intimate to me as I grow older.
There are still a few things that I remain certain of, and I figured that I should probably write them down now before I change my mind.
- There is nothing that will teach a person the depths of sorrow more than the loss of a loved one.
- If everyone helped someone they didn’t know, it would change the world.
- Even if there is no God, evil exists.
- Dogs understand unconditional love.
- The shame in being wrong comes only from a failure to admit it.
- The battle against tyranny must be tirelessly fought.
- Money is not the root of all evil. But it is the goal of most of it.
- Laughter is a necessary component of happiness.
- There is no humanity without freedom.
I welcome other suggestions of things that I should feel certain of but may have forgotten.