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Saturday morning quotes 7.31: Wisdom

December 21, 2019

Thinker in Cleveland

Wisdom is a solid and integral structure, each part of which holds its place and bears its mark.

– Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)

We take a moment to wish our readers a happy Christmas and a warm, wonderful and contemplative holiday season.  We also hope all and some will pause to reflect upon the spirit of the season and the important things that identify us as thinking persons sharing the planet.  And we hope that, unlike the representation of The Thinker displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art, that we do not allow the quality of wisdom to be subject to the slings and arrows of thoughtless reaction, deliberately fostered by an inane meme culture.

It seems the quality of wisdom is under attack in this age of vacuous fad, rapidly transmitted across the globe by those who know the power of information and how to shape public perception.  It seems that while a formal education is more accessible than ever, political literacy is at a very low ebb.

The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false, and the second, to know that which is true.

Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius (c. 250 – 325)

Wisdom is a thing attained over time: The result of thoughtful digestion of information that is weighed against fact and slowly converted to knowledge, then tested against the sphere in which we dwell until it eventually becomes wisdom.

Over the past few years we have seen several unpleasant fads circulate, fads that have been deliberately spread to cause division among races, men and women, and young and older.  We ask our readers to understand that, while there may be conceptual legitimacy to events that sparked the fad, the spread of division among the population was no accident.  Imagine how effective we could be if there was unity of purpose among all.

Our world would be a better place if we adhered to certain historical traditions that demonstrate respect for those who possess wisdom, but also learned to recognize and beware of those who simply demand respect because they have been around a long time and think it’s their turn.  They are easily spotted.

We encourage all to respect the wisdom of the elders and celebrate Christmas and the coming of longer days and an eventual Springtime with seasonal music.

2 Comments
  1. A wise man knows the importance of culture and appreciates those who are committed to preserving the good traditions of the past.
    I want to thank you for everything you do.
    Best wishes from a music lover.

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, Claudio. Likewise, we enjoy your well-crafted blog very much.

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