MUCH ADO ABOUT EVERYTHING (An Epistemologist's Approximation)
Whatever you may believe, we may also believe with you, regardless of whether you believe this may be true or whether you believe this can even be possible.
We choose to believe in Everything.
As we see it, all contradictory, paradoxical, or mutually exclusive beliefs are equally believable, equally possible, equally real.
Consequently, if all things are equally real then this includes the possiblity that nothing is real.
If you are ready to put this article down, please do, this article may not be for you.
However, if you are at all intrigued by what we are trying to say, we shall try to get on with 'Everything'.
Everything cannot be what you believe it to be, and yet, at the same time, Everything must be what you believe it to be.
It can't be any other way, and yet it must be many other ways.
If Everything seems confusing, try Certainty.
We came to Everything through Certainty, but once we arrived at Everything Certainty seemed to vanish; if Certainty hasn't entirely vanished or not we can't say with any sort of certainty today.
Everything has been a comfort to us lately, and yet we remain discomfitted in spite of Everything.
So what use is Everything?
Perhaps Everything simply exists for it's own sake and has no use.
Or perhaps Everything is universally useful.
It could be either way or any number of other ways you care to think about it.
It is, after all, Everything.
Everything can always be whatever it is not, even when it is not.
All arguments in favor of Everything must be tautological arguments simply because there can be nothing beyond Everything; Everything can only be self-referential by default, and yet Everything includes all that it is not, and therefor some non-tatuological arguments for Everything must also exist.
Everything is funny that way.
Consequently, to have meaning, one must, perhaps, reduce Everything to Something very specifically limited. If so, then perhaps Meaning must always require Limitation.
Popular Limitations tend to describe What Is So, and What Ain't So. Such Limitations become too detailed for anyone to agree upon the details, so it is presumed by a lot of people that a lot of other people all presume to know What Is So, and What Ain't So, and to agree with themselves and with each other about it all, including the things they cannot know or just plain choose not to know.
What Is So, and What Ain't So are of course different for each person, as what each person learns is unique to themselves.
So to presume anyone knows What Is So, and What Ain't So and can agree with anyone else about What Is So, and What Ain't So is a huge stretch of the imagination, a stretch that perhaps too many people choose to stretch each day, as so many people commonly presume to agree with each other about What Is So, and What Ain't So without ever checking to ensure they really do agree.
Kinda scary huh?
That is why we choose to believe Everything both is and is not so.
Getting down to specifics where things may be described by What Is So, and What Ain't So can be scary, but when we let out the throttle and stop being so specific we can relax and enjoy Everything more.
Or not, as you like, or not, ad infinitium...
There is certainly a lot of Everything, Everything has more than enough room for all of your own particular points of views, and more.
Being broad minded about Everything helps of course, its hard to fit Everything into anything narrower, but we suppose it can be done.
And of course, if being broad minded about Everything does not help, you can always be more narrow minded, if that helps, but we prefer not to scare ourselves by living in the dark.
In case you were wondering, our discussion of Everything has not been a pointless exercise, even if you suspect it has been.
For one thing, we enjoyed writing it, and such pleasures are never a fruitless exercise, any pleasure is worth consideration if not action.
For another thing, it's a often a pretty good idea to shake up whatever we may choose to believe we may know about Everything, we never know what we may learn if we accept that we can never know anything with any Certainty.
One further odd note:
Certainty is used to give us courage in the face of the unknown.
And yet Certainty can be frightening in and of itself.
C'este la vie!
Love, Grigori Rho Gharveyn, et al...