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How comfortable are you with questions that have no answer? The psychologist Carl Jung suggested, “The greatest and most important problems of life are all in a certain sense insoluble.” There are questions in life that can never be solved — only outgrown. This ‘outgrowing’, observed Jung, consists of a new level of consciousness.
In Memories, Dreams, and Reflections, Jung wrote,
The writer Alan Watts suggested people get fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as words do. As if your meaning connects to a mere word or you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. “You are meaning,” stressed Watts.
Similarly, the psychologist Viktor Frankl insisted we should not ask what the meaning of his life is but rather must recognize that it is us who are asked. “In a word, everyone is questioned by life, and they can only answer to life by answering for their own life.”
What is life questioning you?
Although even if we discover life’s questions it does not mean we can ever have complete certainty of the answer. Jung explained, “Psychological or spiritual development always requires a greater capacity for anxiety and ambiguity.” Likewise, the theologian Thomas Merton suggested that we don’t need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. All we need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and embrace them.
How comfortable are you with not knowing?
Finding meaning requires us to listen for and navigate life’s questions. While at the same time accepting the notion that many of life’s questions have no answer.
To quote Jung a final time:
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