The Unknown

Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known. (1)

We like what we know.  No matter how bad it is, if it is known, it is within our comfort zone.

Everything we don’t know – absolutely everything – is outside our comfort zone.

Often, to progress, as individuals and as societies, we need to step into the unknown.

The unknown is scary.

Our survival instincts are not fond of us venturing out there.

They are often wrong but they are doing their best to keep us safe and the comfort zone is safe.

So.  When we need to change – what can help us to step out into that scary place?


(1) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


  1. We need to shake ourselves loose from our moorings, delve into the unknown, and explore new vistas.

    Throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbors. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

    Boats are safe in harbor, but that’s not what boats are for. ~ Michael Lillie

  2. To me, the Unknown is the opposite (or complement) of Miracles. With both, we don’t know the Why or How. Once we do, a miracle ceases to be a miracle, the unknown to be the unknown. And both are opportunities 😉

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