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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The 3 roads to Wisdom

Yesterday, I had a conversation in which I asked for the meaning of her Sanskrit name. It meant "the road from Love to Wisdom". Immediately, I saw the link with yesterday's blog, including its updated 2019 diagram. The only thing missing were the 3 arrows from the corners to the middle. Without that epiphany, I would still have overlooked these 3 roads to Wisdom (my blogs).

Knowledge is the obvious road to Wisdom for many or most of us. Unfortunately, there are no road signs, like: the more you know, the wiser you become. The opposite might be true.

Wisdom might be like filtering the essential from Knowledge. Interconnectedness is one of them because people often think and work in silos (eg, Forbes-2013).

Business Dictionary defines a silo mentality as:
"A mind-set present in some companies when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality will reduce the efficiency of the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture."

History mentions some wise men in power, like King HammurabiKing Solomonthe 3 wise Kings from the EastPeter the Great (eg, Ranker). Power is a road to Enlightenment and/or Wisdom, although a road not often taken (a Robert Frost poem). An 1887 quote by Lord Acton:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”

On the surface, the road from Love to Wisdom might be the least obvious of all 3. The confusion starts with the definition of Love. The ancient Greek used at least 4 different concepts for Love: agápe (divine love), éros (romantic love), philía (brotherly/sisterly love), and storgē (familial love). Agápe is the highest universal form of love, including love for God, nature and strangers (eg, PT-2016, Wiki). I think, feel and believe that wisdom is about agápe.

“Knowledge is power. Power to do evil... or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.” A quote from the novel Allegiant by Veronica Roth (b. 1988), American novelist.
Agape (2013) by Bear's Den


Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise

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