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Would You Like to Know Everything?

Updated on October 12, 2009

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MacGyver was the master of using the things in his environment to solve just about any problem. Note that the next character, Col. Jack O'Neal was a character that was intimidated by smart people.
MacGyver was the master of using the things in his environment to solve just about any problem. Note that the next character, Col. Jack O'Neal was a character that was intimidated by smart people.
The Pretender was a prodigy who was just trying to find his family, after escaping the think tank that had kidnapped him as a boy.
The Pretender was a prodigy who was just trying to find his family, after escaping the think tank that had kidnapped him as a boy.
John Doe Knew just about everything except who he was. Purcell's next character in Prison Break was a product of the school of hard knocks and the average brother of a genius.
John Doe Knew just about everything except who he was. Purcell's next character in Prison Break was a product of the school of hard knocks and the average brother of a genius.

Have You Ever Wondered?

I remember watching shows like The Pretender, Macgyver, John Doe, and others of that ilk, and being totally impressed with the way they were always able to come up with the right answers to every situation. They seemed to know everything. But did they?

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to do know everything? I have admit I had never given it much thought until just a while ago when I was responding to a comment on a hub and suddenly it came to me, would I even want to know everything? There are so many pros and cons to the idea.

Now while you would probably be able to do just about anything you wanted, would that be fun? I have often heard that life is a game,and to have a game there has to be the possibility of loss. If you already know you are going to win before you start, is it a game?

I remember when I was in the 8th grade playing basketball. We were pretty good and one day we were playing a school that was pretty bad. They had baskets that were 8 ft instead of the usual 10ft and even our smallest guy could easily dunk the ball. We beat them 73 to 13 in spite of putting in our 3rd string most of the game. Now while we were not sad, there was no real feeling of winning for us.

A few years later we beat the best team in the state by one point by shooting about 80% from the floor. Now this was a bit like a Rocky movie. Now here we not only had the possibility of loss, but loss was the expected outcome. Now here there was joy in the victory this time.

So it seems that life's pleasures come from life's small victories. The games we play, even if it is how am I going to pay this month's bills are what make life worth living. People who win the lottery are happy for the moment but it often becomes a curse because it takes away their game, and then they often handle the money poorly and end up worse off than they were before their wind fall.

If we knew everything there would never be any surprises so would it be a good thing? I am not so sure, but if you really think about it it is an interesting mental exercise.

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So what about all this

If somebody out of the blue asked most of us if we would like to know everything, most of us would probably, without thinking, say "yes". But if we really took the time to think what that actually meant, we might not be so hasty. If you knew everything, life would have no mysteries and you would have no problems. Now initially, this sounds like a good thing. You would always know what the winning lottery numbers were, and what stocks to pick, and survival would certainly be no problem for you. Still, just what would give you pleasure. Presently, with my current financial situation, I might just be tempted to find out. However, in the long run, it might not be as fun as I thought it would be.

I would always know what was going to happen, so I could hold no surprises. On the other hand, I would have no financial problems, I would always know what friends to choose, and life would be relatively easy. This would be very tempting. Still the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I have never been in a worse financial condition than I am right now, and so I might be tempted by this idea. However, in the long run often times the struggles we go through in surviving, make our very best memories. I know this sounds weird, but just think back on your life. If you ever had a major obstacle to your survival that you overcame, you might just have pleasant memories when you thought back to your victory in life.

Now I'm not saying that I couldn't use $1 million just about now, but I am saying that if I could somehow work out how to make that million dollars, that the effort of doing so would be what made life interesting. If I knew everything and could just buy a lottery ticket with the winning numbers there would be no challenge, and therefore the victory would not be so sweet. However, if someone out there just happened to have 1 million they would like to get rid of, I wouldn't turn it down. That, however, is not the point, the point is that if something is too easy, we tend to enjoy it less. And if you knew absolutely everything, life just might be too easy.

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    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Yeah, Its the "new around the corner" that makes life interesting.

    • jiberish profile image

      jiberish 

      8 years ago from florida

      I like learning as I go along, that way there is always something new around the corner. Keep hubbing!

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      It was just something I came up with, when trying to think of something to write about. There are times when I wish I knew more, and times I wish I knew less, but now I've added I'm glad I don't know everything. I just don't think life would be fun if it was nothing you didn't know. Yeah it seems funny to me to.

    • mega1 profile image

      mega1 

      8 years ago

      I would love ta know just what I NEED to know. You know? But it always seems that when I THINK I know as much as I NEED to know, somebody comes up with something I WISH I'd known! So, knowing everything hadn't even occurred to me as an option! But now, I can't think of anything else! You are funny sometimes, you know?

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Yes, it was the fact that there was something they had to figure out, and of course they did it so well, that made the shows. Yes I agree

    • sabrebIade profile image

      sabrebIade 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I loved Pretender, MacGyver and John Doe.

      We just got finished watching all the old Pretenders awhile back.

      I think knowing EVERYTHING though would take the fun outta life.

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