Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Right to Mystery

Do we really need to know everything?
The Right to Knowledge would support such a wish.
However, the limits to knowledge exist, in this year 2011.
We cannot know all.
How does life begin? What is death? What is the secret of life?
And so on.
Some humans answer these most difficult-to-answer mysteries with religious faith.
Others search endlessly for answers through science,
expressing their Right to Question.

I declare the Right to Mystery,
as the right to live with the unanswerable.



What mysteries do you desire to answer?

(Note: The Right to Mystery is different
than the Right to Privacy, a prior posting.)


47 comments:

Anonymous said...

This one is a tough one because sometimes I wish I knew the answer to many things. At the same time I do believe there is a reason why we don't and probably will never have the answers to some of the questions we ask ourselves. Does God really exist? Is there really a heaven and hell? How will I die? What happens after I die? If we knew the answers to these questions how would we live our lives? Would we change anything? If we knew what would happen to us after we died would we like the answer? Or would we then be afraid to die? This is where the phrase 'ignorance is bliss' comes into play. Sometimes, I believe it is better to leave certain things a mystery for our own good.

N.Av

Anonymous said...

I think if we had all the answers to the universe life might become stale. I find that life is more exhilarating when filled with some mytery.

Stefan H.

Anonymous said...

This right just support the statement that we do not have to know everything to live our lives. There are certain things in the world that are unanswerable such as How does life begin? I do not agree with those people who try to find an answer for everything with religious faith because I prefer to say "I do not know that answer". There are secrets in life and we should be aware of that. I agree with the Right of Mystery.

JC(Jean Capra)

Anonymous said...

Mysteries are with held from us for one particular reason or the next. I feel that if one was to know all that there is to know in life, one would surely become overwhelmed with the fact of that knowledge. Surely what a burden it should be to hear every conspiring taught of all human persons. Or to know the formula behind every remedy. Mysteries are called as such and are trully forbaden for a reason. Perhaps so, for that us meer mortals could not or shouldnt have to bare the hardship of evident truth.
F.H

Anonymous said...

Many people can not handle the right to mystery. They crave to know the answers to everything. Instead of basking in the present they torture their minds with the past and the future. Why did this happen? When will that happen? Learning to accept the mysteries is a freedom in itself. -K.A.S

Anonymous said...

I also declare the right to mystery. There was a saying "ignorance is bliss" meaning in not knowing something people can be happy. Something’s are not meant to be known. Too much knowledge can be overwhelming to a point where you become depressed. Life is all about mystery. Will my life be fulfilling? Is religion really needed to live forever? If the answers were already known then there's no motivation to truly live.
Ma Mo

Dan said...

I believe that this right would only serve as a comfort to those that are already complacent in life. Human curiosity demands that we seek out the unknown and uncover the truths that lie within, both individually and as a species. This serves two important purposes, individual personal growth and, in a broader sense, the continued progress of humanity. I think that the right to mystery could be interpreted as the right to ignorance, and ignorance is hardly a desirable trait.

Dan M.

Anonymous said...

I believe that we naturally want to know as much as possible. Many argue that Power is Knowledge but that is not always the case. I can speak from experience that knowing something I shouldn’t know to begin with has caused problems. I agree that the right to live without knowing all the answers is more exciting because part of living is learning from experience so if you know everything then there is no purpose. LCL

Anonymous said...

Curiosity about the unknown is natural in many creatures. The inhabitants of this planet tend to view boundaries and mysteries as a universal dare to conquer, though some mysteries remain desired. For myself at times not knowing is a treasure. A gift, an outcome, and new experiences would be superficial without mystery.

Sheeda M.

Anonymous said...

Curiosity will always be a virtue of the human race. I think that as long as there is intelligence and civilization in this planet we will continue to question everything. I just hope that someday religion won't be used to explain the things that modern science should be answering for us.

Javier H.

Anonymous said...

Mystery can be good and bad. I am neutral. It depends on the circumstance; not knowing can help you live your life more happily. Also, knowing can help you determine and out way a negative situation. J.P.

Anonymous said...

The Right To Mystery... why does mystery give us a presentation of fear? Ever heard the phrase "ignorance is bliss"? For some of us we see this world as black and white. For others it is more complex. With experience we would be able to answer all of our questions to only a certain extent and yet even then when we think we know it all...mystery...is something that no one can really explain such as the human after life. Mystery is all around us. It is difficult to believe that we can die understanding every concept and seeing it ALL.

-GR

Anonymous said...

The right to mystery is a good one, I believe humans weren't ment to know everything, it's probably why we use so little of our brains. If we as beings new exactly what and when things are going to happen, life would become not meaningless and not worth living for.
CR

Anonymous said...

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." I believe this quote holds the same meaning; it’s the thrill and adventure of finding out things we don’t know. Once you know something it’s no longer fun.


-M.Quintanilla

COL said...

The right to mystery is probably one of the more significant things people take for granted. Generally, the desire to know, often referred to as curiosity, thrives in the intellectual world. From humans to the animals that roam the earth curiosity can be witnessed. I myself find myself denying the right to mystery because there is some weird sense of security in "knowing". Furthermore, is it not interesting that humanity has built an entire industry on the "right to mystery"? For example, from religion comes books, cds, dvds, concerts, music, tv specials, and so much more! The came can be said of science. Overall a great deal of money is generated.

~COL

Anonymous said...

Voltaire said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”. Famous scholars such as Newton and Einstein did not achieve what they did because they had all the answers, but because they continued asking questions and fought to find these answers. If we sit idly and declare a Right to Mystery, we might be missing out on amazing discoveries that may be within our reach if we look hard enough.

LC

Anonymous said...

I don’t really like the right to mystery but it is needed. Without it, no one would have the desire to want to figure things out. No one would want to research or discover anything because all may have already been figured out. Life would be boring without mystery.
-A. Lazo

Anonymous said...

Life is so much more enjoyable when we don't have the answers to our biggest questions. Why am I alive? What's my future? What's the meaning to life? It's the thrill to live life in the unknowing. I mean wouldn't life serve no purpose and become completely dry if we knew our fate? It's the journey not the destination that's exhilarating.

-Alli Brecht

Anonymous said...

The right to Mystery is a tough argument it can turn on both sides in so many ways, some mystery's are better left as mysteries, but some mystery's would make us benefit by being answered in ways unimaginable. For example the mystery behind the creation of humankind is better left as a mystery, but we can benefit from a mystery like how to hold your breath underwater for hours, and before anyone starts to argue that point let me assure you there is a way to breath underwater and to attain this mysterious ability you need to have underwater adaptation otherwise known as superhuman respiration. -J.J.V.

Anonymous said...

I think life is a mystery and it should stay that way. If we were to know every single why? who? what? then there will be no fun in finding it out.---Lauren Franco

Anonymous said...

Mysterious things are better left unanswered; otherwise it would ruin the thought of it being mysterious. C.M.A.

Anonymous said...

I defiantly agree with what many of the commenter’s have been posting. I think life is all one big mystery we are living in and as the older we grow the more we solve. But, not all things are solved; some things just stay a mystery. I think it should stay that way. What’s the fun of knowing everything in life? - There would be nothing to look forward to.

-Krystal Garcia

Anonymous said...

I feel like if we knew everything communication and interaction with others would be pointless. Don't we talk with people so we can learn how to do new things and share our ideas with them? If everyone knew everything they would already know our thoughts and so many things that we have in life would be meaningless. Mystery is one of the more exciting things in life that many people should learn to enjoy. SJB

Anonymous said...

I believe in the right to mystery. There are things in life in which we have no answers to questions asked. In way it is an act of privacy, but questions of the supernatural, death, the secret of life and how it begins, and even to the questioning of a human soul. There are many questions that seem to need answering, but isn't that what life is all about? Unanswered questions lead to a road of discovery.

Alexis Herrero

Anonymous said...

I agree with the fact that is good to have some mystery in life, you can't know it all, life would become dull and it will loose its meaning. Look at people that have a high IQ most of them know so much they are bored of life, sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Carlos G.

Anonymous said...

I believe in the right to mystery what would happen if we have all the knowledge of the world. We would have the knowledge of how the world began and how it would end would we use it wisely? Would we use to harm or to help? Isn’t love one of the greatest mystery you can’t touch or see it you can’t explain why you love someone? However we follow that feeling we accept it. I believe we need balance in our lives and to have mystery and to have some knowledge.
Angel M

Anonymous said...

I believe that the right to Mystery is very important to our lives. Angel is right that it keeps us in a balance.
Sarah M

Adrian del Pino said...

I am a person that believes in religion, which I was raised in. I believe in the HOLY BIBLE and THE BOOK OF MORMON. The thing is I'm just one person in a world of billions, who have many different religions and beliefs. Not only that, there is no evidence for any of these religions or beliefs to be considered fact. For most it relies on faith, for some evidence and science. It is true many things in life are a mystery, but I believe mankind will solve those mysteries one clue at a time.

AMD

Anonymous said...

I think that some things are better left unanswered. Mysteries are unanswered for a reason. We can live a happy and normal life with the knowledge that we have. Sometimes it's better not to stick your nose where it doesn't belong. I find that the more we try to uncover, the bigger the mess becomes.

H.D.A

Anonymous said...

Mystery is for people to not know what they don't already know. Not knowing something that might affect a you, puts fear in our minds. It's like not knowing what is going on and that one person keep asking so they can know. I agree the right the mystery because without the unknown then what would people search for or want to know if we know it already. Robert S.

D.Zabala said...

Do we really need to know everything? Is it even possible to know everything? No matter how hard one try’s to know everything life will never allow it. Life itself is a mystery. Even though we plan for the future our lives could take an unexpected turn. Mystery is what gives our lives meaning and purpose.

Anonymous said...

I think that the right to mystery is inescapable. Each question answered brings up many more questions, and humans will never answer everything. We should have the right to accept some mysteries and not work ourselves into a frenzy trying to answer every question.
-A.B

Anonymous said...

We need mysteries. If one knew all, would it be possible to enjoy the little things as much? Without mysteries, I truly believe that life would be gray and dull. Etel

N.Cruz said...

A mystery is any affair, thing, or person that presents features or qualities so obscure as to arouse curiosity or speculation. It is impossible for one to know it all, not to mention try to remember it of that information. The human mind is constantly hungry for knowledge and information. I agree that we need a bit of mystery in our life in order to make it interesting and worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the right to mystery especially if but not limited to, the simplest pleasures in life remain a mystery. One wasn't meant to know all the answers to every mystery but one can try and answer them. I believe without mystery there are no answers. Think about it. Would you be sitting here reading my post if someone didn't have the right to mystery and didn't want to find a way to communicate with others in a world wide web full of blogs, ideas, images, etc.?-D.C.

Anonymous said...

The right to the truth is a God given right. To keep the truth from one who seeks it is a cruel act in itself as it only creates confusion, doubt and can even lead to mayhem. Most intelligent people agree with the adage: The truth will set you free. By: LJBR

Anonymous said...

Even though we wish to know everything and prevent unknown from happen that is not such a thing. Mystery will be always part of our life. What if we were born in a different country? What if we …? The interrogations would never end they would be forever a mystery. We all have the innate right of mystery. A.L.

Anonymous said...

The right to mystery in some cases takes away our freedom to know the truth. To keep the truth a mystery from one who seeks it is a cruel act in itself as it only creates confusion, doubt and can even lead to mayhem. Most intelligent people agree with the adage: The truth will set you free. By: L.J.B.R.

Anonymous said...

Our minds are not capable to have that much of information, we were not created to know everything, and we would not be able to handle it. To know when we are going to die or what is going to be our future it would not be safe at all. From what I believe only God can have the capacity to know everything. First because he created everything and the scriptures say that he is omniscient. I do agree with the right to mystery. O.V.

Anonymous said...

Quote from the Bible in Isaiah 55:8,"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Only God is all-knowing. Our mental capacity is not prepared to know ALL.
-Ana DM

Anonymous said...

The universe is constantly changing around us. It is a fact that many of the things that existed yesterday are inexistent today. Therefore, things that exist today will disappear tomorrow, leading us to always have mystery in our lives. The universe is an incredibly complex place that evolves every minute of every day and that should awake our curiosity, but also should teach us that it would be impossible to know everything. Nevertheless, our sense of curiosity is what drives us to be better, to create new things, and to learn, so I do not agree with leaving mystery exist by turning our heads to it. I just think we should all accept mystery until we have an answer. D.C.R.

Anonymous said...

I strongly support the Right to Mystery, as without it, life would be boring and the concept of discovery wouldn't exist. Life would be monotonous and the urges to discover, explore and learn wouldn't have any use if all the answers to life's mysteries were given to us.MCL

Anonymous said...

I agree with the right to mystery. Everyday life is a mystery and not everything should have an answer, I think it is better if some questions are better left unsolved. This life is not boring, I mean if we knew all the answers in life then life would just be plain boring, our life would become a cage always doing same thing everyday not being able to break loose and try something new because we already know the answer to what we do, therefore I agree with the right to mystery.
Chelsea M.

Anonymous said...

It’s better to leave things mysterious and go on with our lives trying to figure out the mystery, than getting the answer without doing the work. Some things are better left unsolved. - ABL

Ivanna L. said...

I think mistery is what makes life interesting. Otherwise, if we knew the answer to everything life would become something bored and monotonous.

Anonymous said...

I believe as humans we are not supposed to know the map of our lives;what lies ahead in our future. We can only hope our decisions and free will lead us to make a desirable future. Mystery is my route by destiny. Mystery over all knowing no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Since the beginnings of human cultural development, people's thirst for knowledge have driven religious beliefs. A quick look at religious stories shows a commonality among then, they all answer questions from how rains occurs to how the world and life in it started. The right to mistery contradicts human nature. During a research study i performed while an undergraduate student, i learned that religion has been needed for societies over time to solve the mysteries in life. Every society that attempted to oppress religion failed due to people's discontent with the life overwhelmed by mysteries. Other people have decided that "an unexamined life is not worth living" (Socrates) and pursued a life of research only to find that their knowledge is limited by the technology of their time and in many cases drives them to an empty an unfulfilled existence. "The more i learn, the more i realize i don't know
anything". "A full knows everything, a wise man knows nothing" (Albert Einstein)

S. D. M.