It’s worth noting that the Eastern spiritual traditions embrace uncertainty by setting aside “unknowable” things. It is precisely for this reason that both Buddhism and Taoism, to take the two most prominent examples, are godless religions — not as in atheistic, but simply in the sense that their founders took no position on a deity as such. If a concept is truly unknowable, the word “certainty” doesn’t even apply. Uncertainty means we don’t know right now. However, uncertainty doesn’t rule out the possibility of eventually finding out or getting closer to the truth of the matter. Being unknowable means we’re certain we’ll never know because the question itself cannot be answered. Therefore, unknowable concepts like god should, for both spiritual and cognitive reasons, simply be set aside. They are roadblocks to our personal and cultural progress.

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