“Certainty creates strength. Certainty gives one something upon which to lean. Uncertainty creates weakness. Uncertainty makes one tentative if not fearful, and tentative steps, even when in the right direction, may not overcome significant obstacles. ”
-John M. Barry from The Great Influenza.
This is a powerful unwritten rule that affects almost everyone in everyday life. It also reminds me of the narrative example we read a few weeks ago: “The Chase” by Anne Dillard. “If you hesitated in fear, you would miss and get hurt.”
Both of these authors convey a single message: fear of the unknown.