Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Just watched this nice talk with Huston Smith in which Mr. Smith discusses the value of the Oral tradition. Mr. Smith discusses how tribal communities that use oral tradition are able to focus much better on what is important, because it is absolutely necessary for their existence to remember the essential elements of life. A society with written language becomes overloaded, congested, and bogged down with trivial and useless and information and it becomes impossible to decipher what is important, or where the real wisdom lies. Mr. Smith gave the example of the University of California library system, which houses an incredible amount of information, all neatly categorized, but there is no category that is labeled “important.” The internet is another example, we have all this information at our fingertips, yet most people are still walking around in a fog and have no idea where wisdom lies.