Unknown known = Laodicea State


Rumsfeld made a statement on the 12th of February 2002 that became very famous for mentioning three sets of known:

known known 

known unknown

unknown unknowns

But then on the 23rd of February 2009 the Psychoanalytic philosopher Slavoj Žižek says that beyond these three categories there is a fourth, the unknown known, that which we intentionally refuse to acknowledge that we know.

known known 

known unknown

unknown unknowns

unknown known

Rumsfeld named his autobiography Known and Unknown: A Memoir. The Unknown Known is the title of Errol Morris's 2013 biographical documentary film about Rumsfeld.

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To make sense of these four concepts one can explain it in biblical terms as follows:

known known  (Revelation of the Bible)

known unknown (We do not know how God will pave the way today or tomorrow)

unknown unknowns (startling surprise events or accidents)

unknown known      refuse to see (Laodicea state in Revelation 3:15-18) That Saturday is not the Sabbath but that it is Sunday considered to be that. It is a psychological rationalization of a wrong known to be wrong. Selfdeception.

Actually, Slavoj Žižek was not the first to mention this last aspect. In 1955 it was mentioned by two American psychologists, Joseph Luft (1916–2014) and Harrington Ingham (1916–1995) in their development of the Johari window. Unknown unknowns.

People know the truth but they choose to be in a condition of “unknown”.

People know what is right, but they go their way and lifestyle of denying God.

They know Saturday is the Sabbath of the Lord but they work on it.

They know that one should not eat mice, pork or the list of Leviticus 11 foods, including Tuna (contra Orthodox Jewish views here) but they do it anyway.

God has given His wishes to us in the biblical text spelled out by many authors and lived out by millions of believers, but still there are those who choose the unknown known option of denial, rejection, rebellion, refusal, ignoring. They wish to pave the way to selfdestruction. The ultimate course to the final Hell extinction. That when the love of God provides so much for the future and eternity.