Knowledge, Wisdom, and Information

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?

T.S Elliot

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.

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One Response to “Knowledge, Wisdom, and Information”

  1. David Samnga-Lastri Says:

    Commenting on Huston Smith. This is one great man. He is probably the last public intellectual who can speak about religion as a reality, not as an historical event. That is, he can speak about the Divine as Real. He is 89 years old and has just entered an assisted living facility. We are indebted to him for bearing witness to the Truth. He is our Friend and Teacher. I said “probably” in that third sentence up there; but I should have said “undoubtedly.” We witness “the descending trajectory of cosmic time,” in the words of Mircea Eliade, and as he points out, this is a privilege. We know the whole story. Read my book, YUGA: An Anatomy of Our Fate. It’s all there. Huston wrote the back cover endorsement.

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