The Known Unknowns….


Not being a huge fan of Donald Rumsfeld, I find myself much in sync with him on the subject of the things we know and the things we don’t know that we don’t know! Instead of waxing lyrical about the military capabilities of the United States, I stick with a much smaller sphere of influence. For me, it’s the computer. Although I’ve had this MacBook for about a year, I’ve been reluctant to make the switch from PC to Mac.

The learning curve, you see, is just one more bump in the road, one more thing I didn’t need. The laziness innate in me, my reluctance to abandon the soft comfort of my compartmentalized knowledge and the fear of the unknown all combined to hold me back. But the inevitable slowing of my trusty PC and the demands of my work forced me to turn on the machine with the Apple logo.

Now, I’m learning what I didn’t know I didn’t know. As Rumsfeld should have said, it’s the Known Unknowns that get you in the end. It’s not really that bad. It’s not too hard to learn. It is time-consuming and interesting to learn new things. It’s empowering to learn a new operating system. And it brings back memories of the first time I learned to use a computer.

Reminiscent of the Apes of 2001 fame, I cocked my head to the side and first pressed the power key on the machine many moons ago. Those of us who are Baby Boomers remember the computers the size of a small car, the blinking D.O.S light and the box with the computer when it first arrived. And then we had to figure out where to put the thing!

Knowledge is power always. We are still learning the Known Unknowns and should be grateful and loving that fact. Perhaps we take it too much for granted these days. We should bow our heads to the Known Unknowns in our lives, both now and in the future. May we all rise above the fear and embrace the power even as we strain under the yoke and attempt to master the future unknowns together.

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