If wisdom is understanding, then it is the ability to envision the whole on the basis of a couple of pieces of the whole...We should never forget that we are looking at one thing, the monad in all its variation, and to know the parts we must know the parts, but that is not wisdom, but to find the unity no one can grasp takes a skill which is natural, inate, and is one that requires insight which one may build upon and no one can buy...
The unity! Yes. I was walking w a friend in this cemetary, and some theologian's stone had some Greek on it. My friend used his I-phone or the like to look up the quote in revelation. Holy Holy Holy. Which is perfection = wholeness in the context of he who is, and was, and shall be. Now neither of us is religious in the crude sense, but God as a symbol as the intelligible unity of things is nice. And I thought it was a tasteful quote for a stone. I wonder how it sounds in Greek.
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Are you now the master of infinities??? Stand on any railroad track (but not for too long) and you can see infinity because you cannot see the end of it... We may guess there is an end to it, and may have even followed it to its destination; but what of all the infinites one cannot follow to their ends??? To presume an end to anything without knowing, and then to describe the end without seeing is only ignorance... Now; I will forgive your ignorance if you forgive mine, but are not all moral forms as Wisdom is, infinite??? It cannot be cut of an defined because it is not finite, infinite...No one has ever laid an ounce of wisdom upon a scale, so you should not pretend the thing is killed and mounted on your wall... Tell me what you believe it is given the evidence, and show your evidence...Don't pretend you know all about any infinite...
This reminds me of a recent math discovery. In trig, angles are measured in relation to pi. Of course pi cannot be written algebraically. But the symbol is both accurate and useful if taken for the mystery it is. It's the same with the lemniscate. (lazy eight). If we are careful with our words, and humble before our pseudo-infinities, we can live better. This is why I love negative theology. It's all about what we don't know and can't know about the infinite. It's essentially humble. It circles around the mystery. Cusanus used the metaphor of a polygon with infinite sides for knowledge of god. But all of us mortals have a finite number of sides, which means partial knowledge of something that transcends us. And yet to know what we can and can't know is worthwhile knowledge, yes? So the subject is worth investigation, to say the least.
I think a lot of confusion comes from mistaking the math infinite, which is usable, with the philosophical or ethical infinite, which is more complicated.
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Pepijn Sweep;149883 wrote:
[CENTER]Wisdom as a Human quality is limited to human conditions;
a tool to survive.
Can we also add the notion of not only surviving but living a better life? Wisdom as an increase in quality and satisfaction?