Wisdom


wisdom Wisdom is among the purest of human impulses. There is a powerful connection to Peace, and in history there is a craving to capture or recapture wisdom. In our times, where do we find wisdom?

Wisdom is possibly the most powerful intangible of human existence - the fact
of wisdom as part of consciousness however, is largely absent in our typical daily life, in our
media, educational or legal systems, or many of the other important areas or aspects of life
where we would expect to find or experience wisdom.

Is this part of the secrets of the ancients that was lost? Did the ancients themselves even have wisdom or did they merely have the knowledge that it was absent? Many of the ancient stories
and myths refer to wisdom - and while there is some type of limited wisdom in seeking lost
wisdom - it is not quite the same as living in and with a state of wisdom. In ancient times there
were people who were referred to as Sages, the wisest of people. But what happened to these
people and the wisdom they held, and why in our age do we have few, or no sages and the
wisdom they possessed?

Wisdom is not something that can be touched, handled, seen directly, or heard as a distinct
form - in other words it is intangible - something that we know can exist, something that people occasionally do get to glimpse when it is present, but there is nothing to quite grasp or hold on
to with wisdom. We may observe a person acting with wisdom, we may hear wisdom in the
words of a person, or we may be the recipient of the wisdom of another. But it is subtle, quiet,
and unstated.

Yet when people do rarely see an instance or occasion of some person speaking or acting with
wisdom - most people recognize and understand what is occurring. And most people under-
stand when they are being treated with someone who understands or possesses wisdom.

For something so rare and elusive, we have to ask how it is that people can and often do
respond positively when they see or hear actions or words of wisdom? How is it that this
faculty of humanity - so rarely seen, can be so broadly recognized in people?

Since it can be apprehended, and respected, why is this human capacity so rare throughout
history?


The Death of Wisdom
The ancient story of the Eridu Genesis myth  (c.3rd millennium B.C.E.) is among the oldest
known story of the origins of man - which survives only partially as cuneiform tablets, two thirds
of which are lost.

The story of the creation of man is recounted: In it the God Wisdom is killed to create man. The "lower-class gods" were the workers in that  society/cosmology, and they complained about the severity of the work they were expected to perform.

“Since the upper-class gods now see that the work of the lower-class gods "was too hard," they decide to sacrifice one of the rebels for the good of all. They will take one god, kill him, and make mankind by mixing the god's flesh and blood with clay:

After Enki instructs them on purification rituals for the first, seventh and fifteenth of every month, the gods slaughter Geshtu-e, "a god who had intelligence" (his name means "ear" or "wisdom") and form mankind from his blood and some clay.” (Dalley, 1991)

The assumption that the properties of the god transferred to man is implicit in the story, though it could alternately be interpreted that the killing of Wisdom only resulted in a dead God, and nothing transferred to humanity in the making, hence the loss of wisdom in humanity.  It is also interesting
that the God Geshtu-e was considered a rebel - this could only occur in a culture where wisdom
was unrecognized or dis-valued, which implies a pathological condition. It is significant, however,
that when the story was created, it was Wisdom that was killed (lost). The story was told this way
for a reason, it was not by accident.

Either way, these stories were created by the human mind
and tell us something significant about
the formation of human thought and consciousness since the earliest of times - and about the fact that humans were aware of the loss or lack of recognition and understanding as to what the true
value of wisdom was.

And yet, wisdom survives, often in quiet ways that have persisted for these thousands of years
but not as a prominent feature of humanity - but one that is craved and sought after.

It is interesting too, that Philosophers and others have a difficult time explaining precisely what wisdom is, or coming to agreement on their definitions and understandings.

More to come.
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