So what I basically did in the last post is risk everything I’ve said about the human race and what pushes us to greatness and towards sanity. The main idea is that it is not knowledge that makes us wiser and is not knowledge that makes us good. It is something else.
A great man once said “the only source of knowledge is experience, you need experience to gain wisdom.” That quote comes from Einstein himself and I believe in every word of it. But once again it has a fiendish simplicity to it that hides the complexity of what is actually being said.
For one he is sort of saying that knowledge and wisdom are the same thing but at the same time separating them. Both knowledge and wisdom have the same driving force, but that doesn’t mean they are the same, only that they must co-exist, and they can only co-exist as experience is the only way to gain either and both.
The real question I think that is being asked is what is more important by itself in this equation, knowledge, wisdom or experience. Well, experience grants us the other two, but there’s no point in it if we don’t gain any wisdom or knowledge. Wisdom cannot be applied to good effect without knowing where to apply it and knowledge without wisdom will make us all insane.
So there is no singular. We have three irrational qualities that combine somehow to allow us as people and a race to move steadily along without subsequently killing ourselves.
Until next time, this is Theo signing off…