It is said that the more you learn, the less you know and I have found that statement to be truth. I have spent the last few months on a flow-of-consciousness exploration of the world, consuming great deals of information, secure in the knowledge that at the end of the road all the pieces would fall into place and I would see the complete picture. A bit of a naive thought, I think, for that has not occurred. I have more questions now than when I started. It seems the more I have learned, the less certain I am of calling anything a "fact".
There are so many facts out there, many totally contradicting other facts and yet they all exist and they all have followers, believing to their core and willing to suffer dissension just to maintain the status quo. There are facts in medicine, politics, religion and spirituality and they all have exceptions to the rules, to the facts. How can that be? Facts are suppose to be solid, things we can lean on and trust in, but if they are not always true, are they still facts?
So if it's not the facts that count, but the interpretations and the loudest voice, the one repeated the most is the one that wins, where does that leave us? People have spent lifetimes studying one thread of the vast tapestry and have found only a tiny snapshot, so how are we to learn the secrets in the time allotted us?
I think the answer is to know ourselves well enough, to be comfortable enough in our skin and in our thoughts, that we can let our intuition guide us. We must understand that there are as many facts and realities as there are human beings to believe and live them. We must not make any one's opinion more valuable than our own.
There are a lot of known facts in the world and one could look like a complete fool for disagreeing with said information, it's sort of like yelling at the t.v., a useless endeavor. Perhaps it not so much about changing The world, but changing Our world and knowing that the domino affect will handle those things outside of us. We are all connected on one level and disconnected on another, so it should be enough for each of us to hold our own truths dearly and not harm our neighbor's truth. We don't have to make everyone see the world as we see it, that is how dictators are born.