Wisdom

The wise man was always wise.
He simply didn’t know it.

Many people specialize in labeling other people ‘stupid’.
This is a very odd phenomenon, but it must be a way to allow the stupid people, to feel less stupid, themselves.
The stupid man has this characteristic outlook:
If he hears, or reads, something he does not already know, or understand, he deems it ‘stupid’.
Whereas the wise man, hearing, or reading, something he does not already know, or understand, considers it as if it were true, and thus arrives at a considered knowledge, or understanding, of whatever it is he has heard, or read.
He investigates. He lets it be. He considers. And sees if it might be true.

The wise man says things that many have not heard before.
This is the nature of wisdom: few have heard of it.
If they have, then it is not wisdom, but general knowledge.
The wise man seeks to convert wisdom to general knowledge, yet in his wisdom, understands that this is not likely to happen.

Wisdom is paradoxical. True yet not-true.
True to those that can accept it. Not-true to those who can not.

The wise man is familiar with The Divine.
Not because he understands it, but because, for him, it clearly exists.
His own wisdom is proof of that.

The stupid man denies The Divine.
Not because it does not exist, but because it does not exist, for him.
And not-existing, for him, there can be nothing else, but him.
Therefore The Divine can not exist, if he can not perceive it.

The wise man perceives.
This is the root of his wisdom.
The stupid man does not.
This is the root of his stupidity.
Thus the stupid man is able to label others ‘stupid’.

The wise man lives a life beyond the boundaries of stupid/not-stupid.
The stupid man does not.
Stupid/not-stupid defines the stupid man’s life.
Thus he is right: The Divine does not exist.

Yet the wise man inhabits a life that is suffused with The Divine.
It would not occur to him to question it.
He is right, too: The Divine exists.

The wise man is made more, by his acceptance.
The stupid man is made less by his non-acceptance.
Thus the stupid man is able to label the wise man ‘stupid’.
While the wise man is not troubled by this.

The wise man is stupid.
The stupid man, wise.
This is the truth, for the stupid man.

The wise man is content.
The stupid man is not.
This is the truth, for the wise man.

The wise man would spread contentment.
The stupid man would spread discontent.
This truth is common to both.

You may be the one, you may be the other.
You may even be the one, and the other.
All at the same time.

16 Comments

  1. Sun says:

    I got to say love the Owl :)

    Is the Owl the stupid man or the wise man?

    1. Ted Swanson says:

      Wise, of course. He’s the wise old owl.

      A wise old owl lived in an oak
      The more he saw the less he spoke
      The less he spoke the more he heard.
      Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

      1. A. Realist says:

        This is part of maturation. Youth injects its opinions half-cocked. Adulthood waits, considers, and speaks only when intervention is necessary and tends to be much more efficient about it.

        1. I would think that young or old people would speak only when they knew what they were talking about.

          The problem is that dumb people don’t know they don’t know what they’re talking about, and easily mistake other people for being dumb, when those people do know what they’re talking about.

          1. Esotericist says:

            The problem is that dumb people are oblivious to the consequences of their actions. Therefore, they don’t care if they’re right or not. It’s what they “want” that matters.

      2. Sun says:

        Ask the squawking crow!

      3. Ted Swanson says:

        I bet 75% of the population would be better off re-learning nursery rhymes than going to college!

        1. Esotericist says:

          80% of the population should not go to college at all.

  2. People who do not have abilities, in general, tend to detest those who do.

    By definition, they do not understand those abilities or how to have them. The biggest way this happens is through comparison of intelligence.

    Class warfare is the demographic result of this tendency.

    On a personal level, it is the ongoing nastiness of the average person against those who might be able to actually understand our human problems and solve them.

    1. Esotericist says:

      Class warfare is why the West is falling apart and whites hate themselves.

      However, the solution isn’t “tax the rich,” it’s to end our idea that class warfare is a good idea.

  3. crow says:

    Owls are actually quite stupid birds.
    It figures, that people would think them wise.
    Not one of your best efforts, Forest.
    A lot of words, to not say what you might have said.
    Like: wisdom isn’t something that can be delivered in words.
    Words are – at best – only a description of it.
    Not the wisdom itself.
    Or that wisdom is what you may discover, when you aren’t looking for it.

    Crows don’t like owls.

    1. Esotericist says:

      Crows don’t like owls?

      That’s racist…

      Except crows are black. So it’s not.

      1. N/A says:

        Hahah im sorry, i found that hysterical

  4. Playing Roots Backwards says:

    Recognizing your own stupidity is probably the best indication that you are growing wiser. I become wiser several times each day.

    1. Esotericist says:

      The learning process in general is finding the limits of one’s existing knowledge and pushing beyond. This has for me at least required some painful lessons…

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