I would rather wonder than know. It makes it more and more difficult to be alive on earth in these times, when your inclination is to wonder rather than to know. … I think wondering is a way of inhabiting and lingering. There seems to be more dwelling. To dwell, inhabit, and linger. I’m interested in those things. And you can do that when you don’t know. … I would rather inhabit the question, or dwell. For me, that is the place I want to live in.*
Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!”**
(Jesus of Nazareth)
To understand or to wonder?
I choose the flexibility of wonder rather than the rigidity of understanding:
We do not need understanding, we do not want understanding, we want to love. Understanding already separates the observer from the observed. It is faintly condescending, faintly superior.^
It is not that I do not want to understand and to understand as much as possible, it is that I want my wondering always to outmeasure it.
Jesus’ words are a blessing for prosperity, for more: bless yourself by dwelling, inhabiting, lingering in wonder and then bless others through more dwelling, inhabiting and lingering.
Indeed wonder is how we dwell, inhabit and linger.
*Mary Ruefle, quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog: To wonder rather than know;
^From M. C. Richards’ Centering.