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Certainty

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination (John Keats)

My creative writing students are a passionate bunch, and many of them are activists and advocates of causes. Today, I asked them to think about things they are _not_ certain of, because they seem so confident in their beliefs, and perhaps I feel that such absolutism is not safe these days.
That, of course, makes me wonder about what I AM certain of...


I am certain of warmth, and light, and laughter
I am certain of bread, and wine, and clear water
I am certain of friendship
I am certain of the love of my animals, of the new growth of plants in springtime, of the heat of the sun.
I am certain of poetry, of beauty, of the possibility of joy
I am certain of cruelty, of injustice, of humanity's potential for brutality,
But I am also certain of redemption, of hope,

of love.

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wordweaverlynn
Nov. 4th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
What a great question.

I am certain that it's better to be a decent human being.
I am certain that it's not always easy to do that, or even to identify the right thing to do.
I am certain that the world is full of beauty, and that I love trees, rocks, mountains, wind, storms.
I am certain that it's possible to transmute pain into beauty and meaning.
Even when I cannot believe I am loved, I am always certain that I love.
sartorias
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
*love*
asakiyume
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's a moving litany.
lidocafe
Nov. 5th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
A very optimistic view.

Philosophically, I am certain of nothing, but that doesn't worry me much or keep me from making and honoring commitments.
intertext
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
The class discussion after the uncertainty prompt was quite interesting. Some students seemed quite taken aback, and one even said that she didn't come to college to be asked to think for herself; she wanted to learn some "truth"!!

and yes, I think you are the person I would most trust to come through with a promise or a commitment.
lidocafe
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Well, I guess she did learn some truth--that she needs to think for herself!

I bet it was interesting, far more interesting, I'd warrant, than a discussion of what they are certain of.
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