October; the unknown.
There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know, we don’t know. -Donald Rumsfeld.
With science and education and reason has come a reassurance that we can know ourselves and our world. That everything can be identified, measured and reasoned. But if progress has shown us anything at all, it has shown us that absolutes and certainty have acted as a panacea to diversity, change and accepting the UNKNOWN.
But that was yesterday. Today, new input and data, much of it via the internet, constantly challenge our confidence in facts with suggestions of alternative readings, findings and possibilities.
This is not only true for insights into the world around us but in our understandings of our inner world.
I love the concept of the Johari Window. It is a self-awareness tool explaining our relationship with self and others. The window has four quadrants described as open, blind, hidden and UNKNOWN. Open is what you know about yourself and others also know about you. Blind is what others know about you but you cannot see. Hidden is what you see but choose to keep from others. And finally, there is the UNKNOWN. Those parts of you that you do not know and neither does anyone else. There it is again. The UNKNOWN.
And it is a large quadrant. For most of us, the largest.
The UNKNOWN part of you may speak to an ability that is under-estimated through lack of opportunity, encouragement, confidence or training. It may be a natural ability or aptitude that a person doesn’t realise they possess. A fear or aversion that a person does not know they have. An unknown illness, a repressed or subconscious feeling, a conditioned behaviour or attitudes from childhood.
It is the hubris of mankind to think we have it figured it out. The truth is that much is UNKNOWN and life is more about faith, hope and love; digging our moorings into the few absolutes that really matter.
Have a listen to Amanda from Kin Women join Mike in the studio and share on her experiences with The Unknown below.