Phil, Cassandra and Certainty

PHIL: “I just wish Cassy, I could be certain about SOMETHING. For crying out loud, is there nothing in this fucking universe one can be absolutely sure about? Why am I obsessed with absolute truth when there is none that can be relied upon?”

CASSANDRA (Sighing): “THIS again? When are you going to figure this out? I’ve been waiting for you to get this on your own, and you keep whining like a baby. So … fuck it … I’m fixing this right now.”

PHIL: “Huh?”

Cassandra got up and poured her and Phil a glass of wine. She sat down at the table they shared.

CASSANDRA: “Have you ever been certain about something? REALLY certain? Dead certain. Cock sure. Fucking CERTAIN only to find out later you were WRONG?”

PHIL: “Yeah.”

CASSANDRA: “Okay. Do you remember how it FELT to be that certain and then find out you were wrong? Do you remember the arrogance it gave you. The stability it provided?”

PHIL: “Yeah.”

CASSANDRA: “How did that feel?”

PHIL: “Great. Powerful. Awesome.”

CASSANDRA: “I know right? Thats why we want certainly so badly. Now, do  you remember a time when you were certain about something, and you were right?”

PHIL: “Yeah.”

CASSANDRA: “Did it feel just like it did when you were wrong and certain?”


CASSANDRA: “So the certainty you felt while right felt EXACTLY like the certainty you feel while wrong. So, dipshit, why not just choose to create the powerful and liberating feeling of certainty any time YOU want without an object or idea to be right or wrong about?”

Cassandra put a glass on the table. She looked him in the eye from the side to convey that he needed to pay attention.

CASSANDRA: “Is this wine glass right now placed on a table?”

PHIL: “Yes.”

CASSANDRA: “Feel that certainty. KNOW that you see a glass on the table regardless if it is actually there, even IF this universe is a simulation, or if this is a dream. It doesn’t matter, regardless, it SEEMS there for this setting, right?”

PHIL: “Okay. Got it.”

CASSANDRA: “How sure can you FEEL about it?”

PHIL: “Very.”

CASSANDRA: “Can you amplify it to full blown arrogance?”

PHIL: “Sure.”

CASSANDRA: “Can you manufacture that feeling of certainty and just FEEL it without attaching it to the glass? Try it.”

PHIL: “Okay … ”

Phil sat still and started smiling.

PHIL: “Ha! Yes I can. I can feel arrogantly certain just because I want to feel arrogantly certain!”

CASSANDRA: “You have the secret to Cassandra-level smugness Phil.”


Cassandra sipped her wine.

CASSANDRA: “It’s the secret to Cassandra magic. Don’t fake it till you make it. Just make it till it’s not fake anymore. And then train it into your default reaction and mood.”

Cassandra looked at Phil with a certainty that cut through him like a laser. Phil was visibly uncomfortable and drank his wine nervously.

CASSANDRA: “Certainly … JUST certainty … No words. No object. No ideas. No right. No wrong. Just. Certainty.”

She took another sip.

CASSANDRA: “Work on it.”

6 thoughts on “Phil, Cassandra and Certainty

  1. About ‘’truth and certainty’’ this I have realised: the only truth about truth that there is absolutely none and same goes for certainty: I am certain that there is nothing I can be certain about.
    And that sort of slams the big gate on this subject, as a Hungarian would say .
    PS:given up coffee and replaced it with HOME BREWED CHAI.. now that is something powerful: Has the kick of the mule: chili pepper, black pepper, ginger, clove, cinnamon, liquorice seeds a touch of ajowan and of course fine black tea from Ceylon: the fragrance is heavenly, taste is grand and coffee just can’t come close to this divine brew.

    • Ah, she didn’t have certainty, she had the FEELING and EXPERIENCE of certainty. It is a created emotion she has mastered.

      And it works just as good as being “sure” but without all that mucky stuff about being right and wrong.

      • It seem I haven’t duplicated… which is not surprising at all…because we cant really see-experience what the other person experiences even if we do exactly the same thing. 🙂

  2. this realization I would like to share with you.

    when one don’t have belief-conviction than that persons is a drifter and powerless because believing in something what ever that may be, that belief is the power it self and that gives the experience and that experience is living-having.

  3. CASSANDRA: “Certainly … JUST certainty … No words. No object. No ideas. No right. No wrong. Just. Certainty.”
    I call that FAITH…. not in the term of religious beliefs.. but in self… having faith eliminates all barriers.
    and about ”truth” if we put on idea-any subject on the block to invite debate: what is right or wrong.. that debate can go on for eternity still would not be settled.
    truth, what is, is a very private matter.

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