In the everyday world, we do not just accept a lack of ultimate exactitude with a melancholic shrug, but we constantly employ such inexactitude in our relations with other people. Our relations with others also require a principle of tolerance. We encounter other people across a gray area of negotiation and approximation. Such is the business of listening and the back and forth of conversation and social interaction.
The relationship between humans and nature and humans and other humans can take place only within a certain play of tolerance. Insisting on certainty, by contrast, leads ineluctably to arrogance and dogma based on ignorance."
In reflecting on what Auschwitz teaches us about the dangers of certainty, Simon Critchley reminds us that uncertainty is not only essential to science, the core of the creative spirit, and the key to happiness, but also the root of peace and tolerance.