With a very uncertain future in the initial throes of a global health crisis, we seek and discover many expert predictions. People naturally want to know the future, but the reality is that there can only be opinions. Some opinions are deeply informed, others may be just as deeply ignorant. No matter how informed the opinion, predictions may only become known in the present.
Everyday, we face a multitude of future scenarios as we decide upon a course for ourselves and often for others as well amid many options. I’ve found this sage advise from Ian Wilson to be quite profound as you first reach to predict the best future course: “No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all of your decisions are about the future.”
Fear of the future is largely unproductive. Informing our opinions is no guarantee for the outcome of our decisions, but being informed certainly produces a better initial course. From that originating opinion, we will learn our way forward into the next decisions.
The more common a future pattern appears, the more scientifically and instinctually capable one might learn to be with their opinions. But, we can never know the future.
“The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi —