My self, I for seem for some reason to have lived out-side of our culture,or transcended it enough,so as not have been caught by the many beliefs our culture can bind a individual to.
I recently bought a book called : "The Tree of Knowledge" by Humberto R. Maturana and Francisco J. Varela
Chapter 1 starts with "The Great Temptation"
A photo of the painting " Christ Crowned with Thorns" by Bosch, in the painting there is a figure from the lower right corner tugging at Christ to get his Attention, then the figure seems to be telling him " Now Listen to me,I know what I'm saying!" This is the Temptation of Certainty.!
We tend to live in a world of certainty, of un-doubted, rock-ribbed perceptions: our convictions prove that things are the way we see them and there is no alternative to what we hold as true. This is our daily situation, our cultural condition, our common way of being Human."- excerpt from Tree of Knowledge" chapter 1
The saying that someone "can't see the forest for the trees" means that he is so involved with the details of a situation that he loses sight of the larger issue. It is a fairly common expression in English, though the use of "for" can be confusing for some people, since it is a more archaic meaning in this idiom. This expression can also be reversed, indicating that a person loses sight of details and becomes engrossed in the whole.
Someone who can't see the forest for the trees has typically become so focused on details that he or she begins to ignore the overall situation. People might also phrase this expression as "you can't see the wood for the trees," which is the more common form in the UK. A person accused of being unable to see the forest may want to take a step back from the situation, to regain a wider perspective on a problem.
This proverb is also sometimes reversed, as in "you can't see the trees for the forest," referencing the idea that it is also possible to be too broad when looking at a situation. Someone who makes sweeping pronouncements without considering various details could exhibit just as much of a logical flaw as someone who only focuses on the details. It is common for executives to be accused of not seeing the trees for the forest, especially when they make exacting and impossible demands that suggest a complete unfamiliarity with the complexities of a project.
In both cases Temptation of Certainty ,still and always exists