Does this type of environment not reflect what has happened in past bear markets? Do we not always have the greatest doubt in the most dire of circumstances? Is it not our "fear of falling" that perhaps is the cause of our falling?
Today's Uncommon Wisdom comes from G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831). You may want to read it at normal pace one time then slowly a second or even third time:
...if the fear of falling into error is the source of a mistrust in Science, which in the absence of any such misgivings gets on with the work itself and actually does know, it is difficult to see why, conversely, a mistrust should not be placed in this mistrust, and why we should not be concerned that this fear of erring is itself the very error.
Is your patience being tested like never before? It is sure to be tested again. Perhaps we should be careful not to allow ourselves to make the mistake of trusting our mistrust or of fearing our fear...