On Epistemology and Sensemaking
Finding a Logic
Epistemology always becomes a topic when people talk about Reality. It's of necessity because the very act of making comment about Reality is epistemological. Widely speaking, epistemology refers to any way of making sense of Reality, any way of finding "a logic" to what happens. When you found the logic of something, that's when it makes sense to you.
What is Sensemaking?
Sensemaking is the process of assessing familiarity in your experience. One way or another, you're always doing it; it's one of those life processes that happen automatically, like a heartbeat. The target outcome of sensemaking is achieving a 'closure' that feels like a satisfactory understanding of the moment. You seek this closure for sanity, to know if the moment you're going through is something you can bear with. You make sense of the moment when you parse it in concept and feeling to achieve a closure that is semantic. Making sense is a process where you assess your feelings of satisfaction (think familiarity-contentness) and belonging towards the moment, looking for a sense of meaning and 'should-be-hereness'.
A Recursive Issue
The issue of making sense of the moment has bewildered philosophers for centuries. The challenge is formidable if you consider the proposition, that the sole possible source of understanding for the present moment is the moment itself. But that's the hint: The nature of the issue is recursive and so shall be the nature of any meaningful understanding of it.
The Meaning of Epistemology
So what's the point of epistemology? What's the consequence? Knowledge takes meaning when it has a purpose and something is done about it. The real purpose of any knowledge is to answer the question every living thing needs to know, the question of what to do next... "What now? What to do or what to expect?"... Knowing is fundamental for meaningful action.
You could say the proper outcome of sensemaking is not understanding the logic of happening but rather understanding its purpose.