Thursday, July 7

I hope that we will still not know things.

I hope kids are still finding some way, despite Google and Wikipedia, of not knowing things. Learning how to transform mere ignorance into mystery, simple not knowing into wonder, is a useful skill. Because it turns out that the most important things in this life — why the universe is here instead of not, what happens to us when we die, how the people we love really feel about us — are things we’re never going to know.

Tim Kreider, a cartoonist and essayist, is the author of the forthcoming collection “We Learn Nothing.”


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