Our ignorance of the present

orginally from November 26, 2016

Surely we can know the present.
It is the part of time we can know, in a way we cannot know the future or the past.
All we have to do is look at it.

This is a comforting delusion.
Forget the vastness of our world, nations, or town and consider:
We do not know why we like kittens.
We do not know the influence of the Internet, texting and the ubiquitous cellphone.
We do not know why we like movies.
Or why we like books.

Of course each of these have some practical advantage,
and they do not trigger our systems of inappropriateness or immoralities.
Beyond that, we do not know, or we are generally unaware of, what is at work here.

Partly this is our inability to experience and describe or vast system of thousands of multitasking processes that occurs constantly
while we human.

We also have a factual unawareness of most things that are going on.

We are even more ignorant of what is simultaneously going on inside the minds of millions of other humans.
And of their simultaneous actions,
and how this gets sorted out in the multiprocessing brain.

Perhaps all we have is a innate confidence in our ability to navigate our immediate world
together with a conventionally acceptable notion of what is taken to be an "understanding of the world."

It is remarakble that being so ignorant,
we feelwe know all we need to know.
This is our individual animal vitality.

We will no doubt seems as ignorant to those five hundred years in the future,
as we are to the Medieval pesant.

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