WHAT IS WISDOM?
by Alan Nordstrom
Wisdom is a way the way we take to escape from folly
and folly is our ordinary way of life, the way of suffering. Thus wisdom
is our Way Out.
is the way we know best, our everyday way, our erroneous pursuit of all
that brings us grief and misery, conditions we're inclined to find quite
naturally. Our egotism takes us there, as does our anger, our unkindness,
our lusts, our ignorance, and our ineptitude. All our vices lead to folly
and hence suffering.
Wisdom, being rarely
traveled, is a lofty way not easily traced or kept to, a way of blissful
discipline. Bliss is the goal; discipline is the means to arrive there.
The quest of the errant knight, the progress of the wayward pilgrim, the
journey of the would-be hero-all these are allegories of our trek toward
wisdom, toward a transcendent condition beyond our human achievement,
yet not beyond our aspiration.
We are human. Error
is our natural course, and Folly is our natural destination. Only by acting
supernaturally, transcendentally, may we wing our way to Wisdom.