“There is global warming or there is not. There is social justice or there is not. There is a mundane form of freedom or there is not. God exists or he does not. Etc.”
Certitude over ideas, any ideas and all ideas, is a sign of the absence of wisdom rather than its abundance! If one was to place one’s faith in that only which is certain, then let one develop certitude over experiences, such which prove a point, whatever it may be, beyond the slightest doubt:
“Water extinguish fire. Summer comes after spring. Trees offer shade”
And so on; from the simplest, and gradually, not toward the more complex, but toward the more subtle:
“Samadhi is thus. Self-awareness is thus. A sense of conscience is thus. Motivation and effort are thus. Deliverance is thus.”
Here, as experience develops, as certitude develops, as faith grows, and wisdom matures. They all evolve together dependent on each other – all starting from: experience.
The difference is huge and is readily seen: certitude over ideas gives rise to a rigid wisdom; a wisdom that knows ideas and asserts them as either true or false, once and for all, all or nothing. And even as it evolves, it must ditch the ex-truths, and replace them now with new ones.
Certitude over experiences gives rise to a malleable and continually evolving wisdom; a wisdom that observes experiences without having to declare any judgement about them, but only evaluates their origination, conditionality, impact and effect – thereby transcending their functioning through awareness.
The difference is further huge and is readily seen: certitude over ideas retains the psyche in the realm of Death, even as it exercises its ideation and conceptualisation over transcendental matters; it conditions the psyche to remain itself mundane and temporal, because exercising the attention in ideation is nothing but a natural, mundane, non-transcendent exercise.
Certitude over experiences on the other hand requires the psyche to withdraw from its habit of ideation – a malignant, deeply rooted human habit! Without any effort beyond the sustaining of attention over strictly what is experienced without identifying with it, the result is something of a transcendental nature that, precisely, words and ideas can no longer describe.