Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason
Stumbled upon this quote from John Keats. Interesting concept. It describes
the ability of the individual to perceive, think, and operate beyond any presupposition of a predetermined capacity of the human being. It further captures the rejection of the constraints of any context, and the ability to experience phenomena free from epistemological bounds, as well as to assert one’s own will and individuality upon their activity. The term was first used by the Romantic poetJohn Keats to critique those who sought to categorize all experience and phenomena and turn them into a theory of knowledge. It has recently been appropriated by philosopher and social theorist Roberto Mangabeira Unger to comment on human nature and to explain how human beings innovate and resist within confining social contexts.
Do we have to know, understand, and explain everything, categorize things and place them into some mental bins and compartments, creating stereotypes in our mind? Doesn’t this habit deprive us from perceiving beauty and wonder of this world and makes us slaves of “what we know” closing the door to unlimited possibilities of the unknown? Logic and reason seem to be neither the only, nor the best way to describe reality.