Negativity of Doubt vS. Security of Certainty Essay

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Certainty Vs. Doubt Does certainty actually provide security, or does it set one for failure? Does doubt cause negativity or does it prepare one for the future? The idea whether certainty or doubt causes the fulfillment of dreams, goals and the future as questioned many. Certainty creates security and assurances, but is anything certain? Nothing in the world is ever certain; one’s world can be flipped upside down in the matters of days, hours, minutes and even a split of a second. Unlike certainty, doubt allows one to know there is a chance that the odds are against one. William Lyon Phelps supports certainty as a factor for success, while Bertrand Russell favors doubt because it creates comfort and prepares one for reality. Using …show more content…
Certainty Vs. Doubt Does certainty actually provide security, or does it set one for failure? Does doubt cause negativity or does it prepare one for the future? The idea whether certainty or doubt causes the fulfillment of dreams, goals and the future as questioned many. Certainty creates security and assurances, but is anything certain? Nothing in the world is ever certain; one’s world can be flipped upside down in the matters of days, hours, minutes and even a split of a second. Unlike certainty, doubt allows one to know there is a chance that the odds are against one. William Lyon Phelps supports certainty as a factor for success, while Bertrand Russell favors doubt because it creates comfort and prepares one for reality. Using personal knowledge and historical evidence, Bertrand Russell’s idea that doubt creates possibilities and hard work is valid, while William Lyon Phelps claims the opposite, that certainty creates success. Certainty creates safety, however it also causes one to be unprepared for the future. Many might say that certainty creates confidence, but that is the problem: too much confidence. Overconfidence blinds one from the truth, it tricks one to think that something will certainly happen. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby was certain that Daisy loved him and would leave her husband, Tom, for him. Gatsby used his certainty as a protector and reassurance. However, when Daisy could not bring herself to tell Tom that she wanted to leave him for Gatsby;

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