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    • July 30, 2016 12:25:30 PM PDT
    • Good one! There are a lot of false things I wish people would be willing to discard.

    • July 30, 2016 12:22:32 PM PDT
    • We need wisdom, but wisdom is equal part gaining knowledge and discarding false things.

    • July 30, 2016 12:13:33 PM PDT
    • SZNEL, KNich You nailed it. The ability to acquire knowledge, be it wisdom or intuition. I agree that knowing something doesn't make you any better if you don't put it to use, but the ability to learn is what makes us who we are.

    • July 30, 2016 12:06:20 PM PDT
    • Why can't I like anything today?

    • July 30, 2016 12:05:53 PM PDT
    • KNich You nailed it. The ability to acquire knowledge, be it wisdom or intuition. I agree that knowing something doesn't make you any better if you don't put it to use, but the ability to learn is what makes us who we are.

    • July 30, 2016 11:48:21 AM PDT
    • Wisdom is a category of knowledge; or more particularly, it is discursive, mediated knowledge. Actually, if you look at the etymology of the word "wisdom," it goes back to a proto-Germanic word meaning thought with reference to precedent. Therefore where as knowledge generally means the existence of the object within the subject as a mental state of the subject, the objects perceived by wisdom are objects already present in the subject at the moment of their perception. i.e. inferring the truth from memories rather than from looking.

    • July 30, 2016 11:43:51 AM PDT
    • Wisdom without knowledge is useless, as is knowledge without wisdom.

    • July 30, 2016 10:53:52 AM PDT
    • Knowledge people - I have to disagree. Knowledge is only a tool. We know plenty; certainly to get ourselves into a mess. What we often lack is the wisdom to apply knowledge without harm. Wisdom is timeless and intuitive. It's earned, whereas knowledge is acquired.
      "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" —T.S. Eliot

    • July 30, 2016 10:40:21 AM PDT
    • Just as food, water and shelter are required for life, so to should be knowledge, for without knowledge to attain the first three for himself, man cannot be considered independent.

    • July 30, 2016 10:23:59 AM PDT
    • Just as food, water and shelter are required for life, so to should be considered knowledge, for without knowledge to attain the first three for himself, man cannot be considered independent.

    • July 30, 2016 9:56:34 AM PDT
    • 1: Mankind needs to get off it's lazy ass and start making more than a novel attempt at harvesting the resources in our solar system.
      2: Mankind needs to get off it's high horse and stop imposing meddlesome preferences on others.
      3: Mankind needs to take a chill pill and stop shooting each other for 5 minutes.
      4: Mankind needs to start focusing education on career paths from an earlier age, and stop worrying that the dumb kids will feel bad if they treat the smart kids like they are smart.

    • July 30, 2016 9:35:48 AM PDT
    • Re: Bertrand Russell. Great quote. I was unfamiliar with it, and I cannot find it. Source, please?

      (Whoops. Never mind. I found it.)

      Thanks.

    • July 30, 2016 7:08:05 AM PDT
    • I'd have to go with compassion and mindfulness. Compassion isn't enabling or pity. Sometimes it can feel mean. Mindfulness puts you in the here and now, instead of living in the past or in the future, it takes you out of your head so you can connect with your environment. Inject sufficient quantity and quality of compassion and mindfulness into people and war, poverty or environmental crisis eventually go the way of the dodo but you would retain creativity, love and beauty. There's no downside.

    • July 30, 2016 6:43:14 AM PDT
    • I'm not really into conspiracies or speculation, I like the raw unadultered truth therefore I will not follow anything that doesn't have a strong basis in that. However, I strongly believe much knowledge is kept away from the masses in order to keep them in the hamster wheel forever, and people's minds are fucked with since birth very often to the point of no return, thats when ones perception filter/subconscious becomes so biased and colored that they cannot longer recognize truth even if it were in front of them. I think mankind needs knowledge, real truth, and they need to be educated in a way that it would benefit their own personal growth and development so that they can make informed choices and be able to help themselves and others. I think the main reason for all of the suffering and discord in the world is due to incorrect information.

    • July 30, 2016 5:55:42 AM PDT
    • @Socrates1997 - said it all. I don't think there is more that needs to be added.

    • July 30, 2016 3:33:49 AM PDT
    • I think it would be prudent here to quote the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), when asked to give advice to future generations:

      "I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral.

      The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

      The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple: I should say, love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way — and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet."

    • July 30, 2016 2:48:19 AM PDT
    • I am interested in your opinion. What do we, as mankind, need most in today's time? I know that there are places in the world where there is war, and they probably need peace mostly, but let's speak generally, as mankind.
      Do you think we need more technology, to connect every part of world wirelessly, or maybe we need more religion, or less religion, or we just need to communicate and love each other more, or do we need more God...or what?

    • July 20, 2016 11:04:12 AM PDT
    • I'm getting into this conversation rather late, and may or may not add to the question/answer.
      The idea of all knowledge after death, or after death everything becomes irrelevant, wouldn't they be one and the same? Once you have all the knowledge after death, wouldn't that knowledge in itself become irrelevant as you are already dead.
      It might have helped when you were alive, but at the same time, knowing what you know after death would have changed the experience that you had during life. This change in the experience of life would then change the very fabric of your being, you wouldn't be you anymore.

      So is truth the search for understanding the universe and its complexities, or is understanding yourself and your complexities?

      There are quite a few people on their death beds that have regrets, but if you could change their life and alter that regret into something that happened, wouldn't that person change who they were and why they initially regretted that decision? That goes into the idea of branching futures/pasts and parallel realities though.

      Just my 2 cents

    • April 9, 2016 2:54:34 AM PDT
    • The perceived knowledge boundary is something Ive been grappling with for a bit - another perspective, if not poetic, was a treat to read. Do you have any more of these thought-streams written somewhere?

    • April 9, 2016 12:12:42 AM PDT
    • I don't understand what's so odd about what KNich wrote.

    • July 16, 2016 2:41:23 PM PDT
    • Okay this post is interesting to me, you have my attention!

    • July 16, 2016 2:32:19 PM PDT
    • Hi,

    • July 16, 2016 1:21:55 PM PDT
    • Hello strangers. I am looking for like-minded people. People who share the same goals and purpose in life. Who share the desire to help those who are helpless, to heal the wounded to mend the broken. For me its a thorn in my back, living this trivial life, knowing how much pain and suffering it is out there. If you have same point of view, I would like if you could message me (or how you communicate here). For sure more minds then one mind :)

    • June 17, 2016 3:29:48 PM PDT
    • This is truly an interesting topic, but it died of it's own weight. Too bad.

      A week or two ago in Japan a new record price was set for the sale of a matched pair of yobari melons. The melons and other well matched fruits fetch great sums because they are given as gifts and therefore a measure of esteem for the recipient. Strawberries are gifted too, flawless, matched to companions and tasty. Presentation and packaging enhance value. One of the many concepts of the fruit gift custom is that 1melon=1 melon or in the case of the strawberries 6=1+1+1+1+1+1.There is an approximate nexus between the equation and the matched fruit. It's easier to do this with machine-tooled bolts, but the art is missing.

      I would be happy to hear if there are members of this site from Japan and what they have to say on the subject.

      In the US, the FDA measures tomatoes by 5 criteria: square shape; small locules (sacks where the flavor lives); low plants; square shapes; bright red color. The reasons all have commercial motivations too. Uniform size and contours could also be added but it wouldn't be the same, would it?

      ~Don

    • April 19, 2016 8:00:51 AM PDT
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