Some people sport what I’d prefer to call encyclopedic knowledge. They remind me of polymaths.
And yet they are so humble, so non-egotistic.. They really lack inflated ideas of their own importance and “omnipotence”.
The fact is these polymaths usually know so much that they are able to explore and investigate Nature (and its “sibling” Life) on their own.
During their explorations they strive to build bridges between all the different branches of knowledge that, in a holistic view, constitute Nature and Life.
Knowledge used in that way leads to – and causes – wisdom.
I want do define that word/concept as “the quality of having enough knowledge and life experiences to make good and empathetic judgments, and to give coherent and sensible good advice to people in need of a helping hand.
The other day I came into contact with a blogger called Charles Rogers (a.k.a. clanton1934). His knowledge is of the encyclopedic kind. And his blog is full of both knowledge and wisdom.
That’s why I’m going to reblog two of his blog posts here on my own blog. He definitely is worth following and, of course, being read. He is absolutely worth being listened to.
Here’s a quote from his blog post: Clanton1934 calls it a “Conclusion”. Personally i’d prefer to call it Clanton1934’s credo or statement of belief(s). Anyhow, it’s very nice and inspiring to read:
A parting question: Consider this: the greatest scientists who share Dawkin’s and Hoffman’s solely mechanistic, random-chaos view of the origin of life, have manifested in their encyclopedic study and meticulous manuscript authoring, an enormous motivative force driving their work. This force is not objective. Is not this the inexplicable subjective force of life which science can not explain (but some deny)?
Addy Pross’ conclusion serves to give us sound attitude: “Each individual is part of a nuclear family, which, in turn, is part of an extended family, which is part of a local community, which is part of larger groups of the human organization. The survival of the community requires far more than the individual. Reproductively speaking, individuals are incomplete. Biologically speaking, our individuality is actually non-existent.” That’s why a new pregnancy catches our attention. That powerful and compulsive news resonates with our fundamental selves.
“Just as importantly, we are also emotionally incomplete. Various psychological elements also connect us to the network. We obsessively need to be with others. We think of ourselves as individuals, but we are really just components of a network. Our “lifeboat” is not just many individuals, but an ever-expanding living network. The irrepressible force of life leaves no stone unturned in seeking ways to extend the invaluable larger life of which we are the stewards. We obsessively need to be with others. We think we are separate, but we are one. We think of ourselves as individuals, but we are really just components of a network.”
Life has a purpose; the purpose is the process; the process is the product.
“Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted.” (2)
I have had an epiphany about Life. Now I see Life is a Process. The purpose is the process; the process is the product.
Here is a true story which has given me an analogy to this epiphany: In 1947, a very special train was assembled to contain the nation’s greatest treasures and wisdom, among which was the originals of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of The United States. (3) The Freedom Train traveled to cities across the country carrying this wisdom-treasure. The train passed through the small towns without stopping. A teacher from such a community, upon learning that these jewels of wisdom would not stop, persuaded the conductor to at least go slowly through their station in order…
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