I've been pondering about wisdom this morning, mostly after reading fallacious logic on facebook. It made me wonder how and from whom we learn how to produce logical trains of thought - where does wisdom come from?
I just finished reading a chapter in the book Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum. The story told about a new version of the game Fruit Basket - no one goes out. First, everyone sits on everyone's lap when there aren't enough chairs, until everyone ends up on 1 chair... then for the next trick: no chairs at all. What? Form a circle. Turn sideways, everyone facing the same direction. Scoot in until you are standing right next to each other. Guide the first person's hips onto your knees and sit down, everyone, all at the same time. No losers. Everyone wins.
Isn't that what we all want? We go about it different ways, but that is the goal.
In our world, everyone wants to be the winner. We've all heard that it's a dog eat dog world out there. I believe that when we do what the very foundation of Christianity is: Love God. Love your neighbor as yourself. Everything falls into place. No losers. We all win.
Now, let's go back to wisdom. Where do we find it, and from whom? Everywhere. From everyone.
Once we learn logic, and once we can take that to the next step and form rhetoric - applying logic - Anyone can be Buddha. Everywhere is University. There is nowhere that truth can't be found.
We had a homeless man in our Adult Discussion Group at Church on a Sunday a few month's back - the things that he said took us beyond ourselves, yet we all could empathize and understand. That is wisdom. Realizing that we are all different, yet all the same.
Robert Fulghum is one of my favorite philosophers. He talks of regular life "stuff" and tells of the meaning deeper than what was on the surface - you could say that he teaches in parables. Anyone who reads his books, though, does not feel lectured to. Instead, you feel like you just spent a moment with someone wise and walk away a little more uplifted, a little more aware, a little more zen.
And can't we all use a little more of all of those things in our life?