Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Analogous Authenticities 12/10/08

Endowed with wisdom, women and men are led through visible realities to those which are invisible.

Saint Ambrose

So what is wisdom and how do I get it? We live now in what's known as the information age. We are pummeled with facts and figures, opinions and advice. One sage analyzes things one way and another sage another way. And yet the word informed means to be formed from within. Ah ha! you say, that requires thought. You betcha.

T. S. Eliot once said that information is different from knowledge, and it has nothing at all to do with wisdom. Wisdom is a real pathway to the invisible and perhaps unknowable and once attained becomes true information.

One of the vagabond's favorite lines is "Search for the invisible." What do you do when your foot suddenly reaches the edge of the cliff, the edge of your known world, the knowable? Is there something beyond? At this point the uninformed turn back. The risk is too great. Others may sit and stare into space.

What I want to know is that which I cannot see nor measure, that which is neither under my feet nor over my head. I want to know the heart of the invisible.

A certain Kabbalist scholar described God this way: If the universe is a tree, then God is that which is behind the power that moves the sap.

DB - Vagabond Journeys


Beth said...

Wonderful entry.

It's great to have knowledge, but you also have to know how to use that knowledge. And that's not as easy as it sounds.


Searching for Peace said...

I agree with Beth. You do have to know what to do with the knowledge you obtain.

I have been reading religious books of all kinds trying to find out with the truth is. I guess it is a hard to know the truth since you cant see it. You just have to have faith. Faith and trust doesnt come easy for me.
Hugs, Christine

a corgi said...

I like how the Bible describes wisdom in James; paraphrasing it, but wisdom from heaven that is first of all impartial, peace loving, full of mercy and good fruit, submissive, considerate and impartial; and in Proverbs 24:3 by wisdom a house is built, by knowledge it is established; we need the Lord's wisdom to do anything and knowledge of him to continue to do everything

good entry :)


Joyce said...

Wonderful entry DB. Sometimes we wisdom simply means we have to believe by faith.
Hugs, Joyce