I am listening to an old Marc Maron podcast with Anthony Bourdain from 2011 when he makes this statement:
“I like doubt and I abhor certainty. Nobody knows anything, and I’m not even sure of that. And anybody who’s absolutely sure of something I’m very wary of…”
To which Maron replies “Even just confidence bothers me.”
Besides being darkly funny, there’s a lot of truth here. It’s uncomfortable, I know. We all want to feel like someone knows what the fuck is going on, but one of the dismaying things about living a long time is it becomes clearer and clearer that no one is at the helm of this ship.
It’s up to each one of us to live as righteously as possible, and we have to somehow figure this out for ourselves. I think a good place to start is to just treat each other with respect until proven otherwise, listen, and make every effort to do the right thing.
And try not to be an asshole.