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“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen”*…

Wisdom is full of paradoxes. It is one of the oldest topics in the intellectual history of humanity, and yet talking about wisdom can feel odd and disingenuous. People seem to have intuitions about who is and isn’t wise, but if you press them to define wisdom, they will hesitate. Wisdom, with its mystical qualities, sits on a pedestal, inspiring awe and trepidation, a bit of hushed reverence thrown in. It’s easy to distil wisdom’s archetypes in history (druids, Sufi sages) or popular culture (Star Wars’ Yoda, or Harry Potter’s Dumbledore), but harder to apply to the person on the street. Most people would agree that wisdom is desirable, yet what exactly is it?…

Some psychologists are increasingly confident that they can now measure– and nurture– wisdom, superseding the “speculations” of philosophy and religion: “The Science of Wisdom.”

* Oliver Wendell Holmes


As we savor sagacity, we might recall that it was on this date in 1964 that Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature despite attempting to refuse it, saying that he always declined official honors since “a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution.”


Written by LW

October 22, 2020 at 1:01 am

Wisdom is wherever one finds it…


From Surviving the World, Dante Shepherd’s “Daily Lessons in Science, Literature, Love, and Life.”


As we luxuriate in understanding, we might might compose celebratory hexameter for Publius Vergilius Maro (AKA, Vigil); the author of the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the Aeneid was born on this date in 70 BCE.



Written by LW

October 15, 2011 at 1:01 am

Heading for the hills…


Never does Nature say one thing, and Wisdom another
– Juvenal


It’s time for your correspondent to head for the snow-covered hills at the shag end of the Appalachians– where even the people are stuffed with cornbread– for his family’s annual festival of barbeque and brew.  Regular service should resume as the New Year begins in earnest…

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December 23, 2010 at 1:01 am

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