Turbulent times of uncertainty cause us to grasp for control. We amass fortunes. We climb corporate ladders. We collect degrees and titles. We do all of this in the hopes of conquering our fear of the unknown, anything to feel secure in ourselves and our place in the world
This is one reason why we admire wealthy and successful people. We believe that if we had what they have, their money, their power, their strength, we could finally relax. But, on the rare occasion when we do manage to get what they have, we end up disillusioned as we discover new anxieties and different doubts.
The only certainty we can rely upon is that life will always be a puzzle. To be fully human, then, we must become as welcoming of the new as we have been comfortable with the old. We must be as fearless of the uncertain as we were (falsely) secure in the planned.