#FOWC — Unknown and Unknowable

6E37E964-2C2A-467A-B326-0ACAEC45DA4BIf there is something you don’t know, it’s unknown to you. When something is unknown, it means it’s not known or it has an unknown value, like, say, Bitcoins. Well, at least I have yet to figure out the value of Bitcoins. Their value is unknown to me. And probably to most people who own them, as well.

But the good thing about something being unknown is that with enough time and effort, it can potentially become known. There are many things that are known today that were unknown just 100 years ago, especially in science and medicine.

And there remain many things that are knowable, but are just not known yet, such as an undiscovered elements that may be part of the universe or chemical compounds that no one has discovered. Even though these things might not be known today, they may become known in the future, which means they are knowable.

But if something is unknowable, that’s a whole different ball of wax. If something is unknowable, it’s not knowable. For example, where the expression “a whole different ball of wax” came from is unknowable. Unless you’re talking about ear wax, in which case the answer is knowable but just kinda gross.

But seriously, folks, if something is unknowable, it lies beyond the limits of human experience or understanding.

I’m not going to get into a deep philosophical or religious discussion in this post about God and the contradiction of those who tell me that I should get to know God shortly after having explained to me that God is unknowable. Nope, I’m not going to do that.

Instead, I’m going to say that I understand that we human beings are a curious lot and we generally don’t like the idea that anything is unknowable. That said, I accept that there are certain things that are beyond the limits of human understanding and comprehension.

And I’m okay with that. I’ve got enough going on inside my head just trying to know what’s knowable that I don’t need to hurt my head trying to know what’s unknowable. If something is truly unknowable, not knowing about it is not going to make my life any worse. Because it’s not that it’s unknown to me (although it might be), it’s unknowable.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge from yesterday, “unknown.” Sorry, Fandango, that I’m a day late. Hey, no worries. I know you’re a busy guy. Things to do, places to go, and people to see, right? It’s all good.

8 thoughts on “#FOWC — Unknown and Unknowable

  1. newepicauthor July 30, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Are you talking to yourself much lately? One Bitcoin is worth $8,129.99. The whole ball of wax is like the whole enchilada, the whole kit-and-caboodle, the whole nine yards, the whole shebang, everything but the kitchen sink, the full monty, hook, line and sinker and lock, stock, and barrel.

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    • Fandango July 30, 2018 / 9:15 am

      I know what it means, but I don’t know where it came from or how it came about. As to bitcoins, I still don’t know what that’s all about.

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      • newepicauthor July 30, 2018 / 9:44 am

        All I know is that it is basically an untraceable currency that is used by a lot of scammers. I will get back to you on the origin of the whole ball of wax if I find time.

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  2. Paula Light July 30, 2018 / 9:49 am

    Love this. Was wondering if you got some grief from your atheism post. I usually get hit from all sides when I say I’m an atheist BUT believe I can talk to my dead mom, lol.

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  3. Jina Bazzar July 30, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    hmmm, now that’s a maze of thoughts you put up there. bitcoin is actually pretty expensive and if you know how – no pun intended – to make some, you may get rich. A few years back, i think 2006 or maybe earlier, bitcoins were worth around 25k dollars and a lot easier to make.
    and one more thing, what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right?

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong July 30, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    There’s knowable. There is probably knowable, eventually. Then there’s not worth knowing. That’s my personal favorite.

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