Background Thoughts On Wisdom
I’m no expert on wisdom. I want to make that clear from the start of this article. In fact, I don’t know a whole lot.
I’ve lived several decades on this planet and it is clear to me that I’m still very ignorant about a great many things.
So, now that we have cleared up that I in no way am claiming to be a wise person, in fact, just the opposite, we can move forward.
A World Full Of Problems Demonstrates the Lack of Wisdom Of Our Human Existence.
I don’t need to tell you how messed up the world is. You can simply turn the news on and see it for yourself. Clearly, mainstream media is not reporting everything. They severely under report the persecution of Falun Gong – for one instance.
Some of the worlds problems include murder, hate, violence etc. I think you would agree that these problems are not easily solved. In my opinion, and it is just an opinion, the root cause of these problems is at least two fold.
The first part is that we are very ignorant creatures. We are born into this world with blank minds. We don’t know anything. It takes years and years before we ‘think’ we know things. Yet, most human beings today are not living very long. Some of the oldest people are like 120 something. But that is rare. Even so, I would suggest that 120 years is still not long enough to learn much – assuming one’s mental faculties remain intact and undiluted.
If you accept the idea that even 120 years isn’t very long, it’s easy to agree that human beings are woefully ignorant. I think that is part of why there are so many problems.
The other part is selfishness. We want, want and want some more. Children naturally ‘want’. “I want this… I want that… Gimme this… or that…” etc. I only point this out to show that our starting point in this world is also problematic. It seems to me that adults are not too far away from the state of children on the one hand. We are still selfish, we just hide it slightly more.
The human race, as a whole, doesn’t seem to progress very far. They say human history repeats itself over and over again. If true, isn’t that really saying that human nature hasn’t changed much at all? We are kind of stuck in a narrow range somehow.
It seems to me that only individuals can rise above. The whole of the human race, just isn’t going to do that – at least that is what I think.
There Are So Many Strange Things That Just Don’t Make Sense
I was watching a documentary the other day about a couple of dozen of people who died in an accident 40 years ago. It was a tragic accident and very sad. I definitely sympathize with the pain of the tragedy and I feel sorry for the loved ones who coped for decades to come to grips with what happened.
Yet, there is a fact that is overlooked. Approximately 150,000 people die every day currently. That’s a lot of people! Is it very unlikely that every day there are a couple of dozen people out of that 150,000 that might have died as tragically as those in the documentary I just mentioned? It’s probably not unreasonable to believe there could be people like that EVERY DAY!
For many of those people, the story never gets told. We remain unaware of their plight.
Again, I’m not making light of anything or anyone or any tragedy that befalls people. What I’m pointing out is that it’s strange that we can have a documentary on an event that happened 40 years ago that affected a couple of dozen people and yet it’s likely that something as bad or worse is befalling at least some of the 150,000 that are dying every day.
Why is it this way? Well, quite simply it stems from our lack of awareness.
For example, I’m sitting in this room right now and I’m writing this article. Yet, I have no idea what the neighbors are doing right now. I’m not even sure they are home – any of them!
Now, expand that concept a little further. If we move a few blocks over – in any direction – I don’t even know who those people are or who lives in those houses – let alone what happens to them on a daily basis. There are approximately 7 billion human beings living on planet Earth currently. I have no idea what they are doing, how they are suffering or what they are going through.
I just have no perception that gives me that kind of insight! Yet approximately 150,000 people die every day and about twice that are born every day! I have no insight or knowledge into the vast majority of those lives. I only know my tiny range of existence, comparatively speaking.
One of the biggest questions I think about is: “Why is my knowledge and perception so limited”. I don’t know most of what is happening on this planet and there are billions of other planets and stars out there. It’s mind boggling! Yet, we all seem to focus on our narrow range of awareness that is our own lives. Isn’t this strange to you? It’s strange to me. And it makes me wonder: “What’s going on?” – I mean that both literally and figuratively.
Reliance on Experts
Another strange thing to me is our willingness to believe so called ‘experts’. There are so many scandals and deceptions that have been perpetrated in this world. Many of them, intentionally or not, were facilitated by “experts”.
In my opinion, almost everything is subject to being questioned. Experts also make mistakes. The scientists of 400 years ago certainly didn’t understand the laws of physics as well as some understand them today, right? Maybe that’s not so true after all – I don’t know! I’m relatively ignorant. How could I possibly know what people were thinking 400 years ago? I don’t really know what most people are thinking today, right now!
So again, perceptions, understandings and human knowledge is very, very limited. It just is. There is no real arguing against that truth.
Where or How Do You Find Wisdom Then?
As I mentioned before, I’m an ignorant person. I don’t claim to have much wisdom. Sure, I have a few understandings about things. Most people do. Maybe I have one or two that others don’t think about or consider and it might very well be true for all of us. Most or even every person may have a little insight that others don’t. But do any single one of us hold all or even most of the answers? Who sees and knows everything that is going on with the world’s 7 billion people? Not me. Probably not you, if you are reading this.
So, I can only point you to somewhere else where I think wisdom can be found.
It’s in a book that you can read. That book is called Zhuan Falun and you can get a FREE copy (download) at http://FalunDafa.org in the language of your choice. Perhaps, if you are one who seeks wisdom, you will find it there.
-David for AllThingsPondered.com
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