For what it’s worth, I’m with Socrates: the unex­am­ined life is not worth living. These thoughts and rumi­na­tions are my ongoing attempt to make some sense of it all—and have a little fun along the way.

On the whole, doubt often gets a bad rap. We don’t like it; we prefer certainty. But the ways in which we deal with doubt may reveal some insights into what makes us human and how to find your way in a life in which uncer­tainty will always play a part.

The notion that things “happen for a reason” is a powerful idea. It is also a dangerous one. The concept of “agency” is so central to our under­standing of ourselves and our world that we apply it even where there is no agency to be found.