Is it possible to know you’re right on a controversial subject and not be proud? Are certainty and pride just peas in the same pod?
Is it possible to believe in a position, stance, doctrine, law, worldview, etc., with certainty while also having real empathy and understanding for someone who does not see the same way? If you are certain about a stance on a controversial issue, do you really have the capacity for empathy and understanding of someone who differs?
Is it possible to write a blog post without a sense of certainty?
Are certainty and pride, or certainty and humility, always operating together? Is either pair ever operating together?
If I say I am submitting to the authority of a school of thought, or to the authority of a text, doesn’t my appropriation or my interpretation ultimately reflect back on me, the appropriator, the interpreter?
Does my decision to submit to an authority, of any kind, ultimately become self-referential? (I decided to submit, after all.)
Can I make my way in the world with contingent operating beliefs that are open to correction, clarification, modification, and addition?
If I make my way in the world with contingent operating beliefs, am I certain? Hopeful? Squishy? Humble? Indecisive? Uncommitted? Judicious? Poor in self-esteem?
Maybe just arrogant enough to get through the day?