About QS

Firstly I feel I need to say QS is my blog name. Not my real actual name. It’s kind of nice to get emails starting “dear Quid”, but also a little indicative of someone not paying attention. So, here is a little background .

“Quid Sapio” in Latin can be roughly translated (no, don’t comment me about the flaws) as “what do I know?” It’s meant to be cool and convey a sense of open-mined awe about the world and its infinite possibilities.

If it doesn’t, don’t tell me as it will only make me depressed.

Anyhow, I’m going by the name QS  because I’m on a little one-person crusade to make Uncertainty trendy. I think it’s undersold. It’s made to look uncool and weak, when really it’s powerful and exciting.

And  think about it – how many people has uncertainty ever killed compared to the millions destroyed by Belief?

Uncertainty isn’t about not having the courage of convictions, it’s about having the courage to remain unconvinced. It’s about resisting the need to align, sign up for a cause, take sides between opposing views, and being prepared to entertain all  possibilities , including those that that are unpopular, even scary.

I want to make this a little space in which anything is arguable.

It’s a personal thing for me. Because I  think  ‘maybe’  is the best word ever.

I also think chocolate is always a good idea -but that’s neither here nor there.

One Response to “About QS”
  1. Dodgy Geezer says:

    “And think about it – how many people has uncertainty ever killed compared to the millions destroyed by Belief?”

    That sounds like a challenge to me.

    Definitions of uncertainty and belief are going to be quite varied – but you could say that the ‘appeasement’ policy leading to WW2 in Europe was driven by politicians filled with uncertainty, while those with clear beliefs that re-armament should be stood up to at an early stage were marginalised. In fact there are quite a few instances throughout history where ineffectual and confused policies caused by uncertainty have resulted in increased misery.

    And it is a common tenet of literary critics that the death toll in ‘Hamlet’ would have been a lot lower if he had been less uncertain….


    P.S. I DO agree with your first four paragraphs, though…

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