Tag Archives: Wisdom

Manning the machine

Modern culture is primarily interested in producing men who are technically adept. In ancient Taoist practice, young men underwent extremely rigorous spiritual training. This included spending up to two months in pure darkness.  

If I know myself

The core virtue is humility. If I know myself, I am humble. If I don’t, I am ignorant; I will hold false ideas about myself. At the extremes, I will either be under-inflated and suicidal or over-inflated and megalomaniacal. Humility, self-knowing, is wisdom. Wisdom is our depth dimension. If I do not know myself, I am disabled. I cannot love. If I know the world without knowing myself, I am a technician. Life, then, is a calculation. This is where we are today. Our knowledge of the world has vastly outstripped our knowledge of ourselves. No man who knows himself could ever build a bomb. Or pretend to lead a country.