‘The Concept of Uncertainty’ written by Henry Gibson
What does the future hold for our world and the people that reside in it? Are we headed for a final equilibrium or are we here to just simply exist? Will we remain in a state of stability or will history manage to repeat itself? What are the meaning of these questions? Well, at least one of these questions can be answered: they are all based on the concept of uncertainty. As humans, uncertainty is programmed from within, whether we are conscious of it or not. Of course we experience uncertainty in everyday life such as “Will my train be on time?” or “I wonder what my mother will cook for dinner today?” but this discussion focuses on the wider perspective. Bonatti states ‘while uncertainty is perceived and witnessed by people in everyday life, it also possesses a “realness” which supersedes the individual consciousness, for it originates from theoretical contexts and socio-economic relationships which actually play a major role in contemporary science and society.’ People’s uncertainty varies depending on their perception of life, factors like religious belief and geographical location will affect their stance on the matter.
Being a mega trend means that uncertainty contains a very lengthy and also unsteady life cycle. During times such as a recession or state of war, the level of uncertainty may be heightened, but only temporarily. The “trendsetters” of uncertainty could be considered as the government, media and the internet. These trendsetters inform us and spread the message about uncertainty which creates fear etc. amongst people, this could also be considered as the ‘turning point’ during this trend’s life cycle. The originators of this mega trend would in fact be us as human beings (or our ancestors), since uncertainty derives from our emotions and feelings. It is difficult to determine the life cycle of this trend as it is extremely unpredictable.
As the human race advances at a rapid rate, new things constantly become possible for us. Science has proved all kinds of breakthrough, development and discovery. But is this necessarily a good thing? Although science is magnificent, it also creates uncertainty. People who follow a religion may feel threatened by the movement of science. This controversial trend has been increasing as a result of the concept of uncertainty. People are more eager than ever to find the answers they are seeking for.
It could be argued that globalisation removed a huge proportion of uncertainty from people’s live worldwide. Thanks to sources such as the internet we can find out almost anything in a matter of seconds. In the past people were unsure and afraid of what was beyond their reach but nowadays people have a better grasp of our position in the world. Today’s technology is what people could only of dreamed of years ago, now it is a reality. However as particular uncertainties die out, new ones start to emerge. For example, in the past, ‘robots’ were completely unknown, but nowadays there is already wide debate about artificial intelligence being responsible for the extinction of humans.
So, in terms of the perception of life, will the existence of uncertainty always endure or will everything become clear for us one day?