Skills, aptitudes, talents, ingenuity, cleverness, invention—these can be demonstrated, celebrated, monetized. But how exactly is wisdom demonstrated? Is it even a skill?
In these conflagrant times, it does us well to sip from Sufi’s cup: “This too shall pass.”
“Empty your bowl.” Get out of your head. Relinquish your concepts. Be a space for what happens. “Don’t wobble.” Attend to your senses. Be where you are. Breathe from your heels.
We are all individual expressions of the one consciousness. Our companionship is built in, deeper than blood, more real than the frill of genealogy. In the West, we hear, “Love one another.” This strikes me as a bit mushy. In the East, where they prefer to state great truths in the negative, it is ahimsa, meaning ‘do not hurt’. It’s not about helping people. It’s about ceasing to hurt them.
Based on a quick scan of the global evidence, perhaps we can agree that the human brain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So we’ll begin there, in the humility of that.