Knowledge Is Not Wisdom

September 17th ~ In our search for knowledge, in our acquisitive desires, we are losing love, we are blunting the feeling for beauty, the sensitivity to cruelty; we are becoming more and more specialized and less and less integrated.  Wisdom cannot be replaced by knowledge, and no amount of explanation, no accumulation of facts, will free man from suffering.  Knowledge is necessary, science has its place; but if the mind and heart are suffocated by knowledge, and if the cause of suffering is explained away, life becomes vain and meaningless…

Information, the knowledge of facts, though ever increasing, is by its very nature limited.  Wisdom is infinite, it includes knowledge and the way of action; but we take hold of a branch and think it is the whole tree.  Through the knowledge of the part, we can never realize the joy of the whole.  Intellect can never lead to the whole, for it is only a segment, a part.

We have separated intellect from feeling, and have developed intellect at the expense of feeling.  We are like a three-legged object with one leg much longer than the others, and we have no balance.  We are trained to be intellectual; our education cultivates the intellect to be sharp, cunning, acquisitive, and so it plays the most important role in our life.  Intelligence is much greater than intellect, for it is the integration of reason and love; but there can be intelligence only when there is self-knowledge, the deep understanding of the total process of oneself.

October 21st, 2019 ~ I am glad I am reading this one tonight since last nights was a bit confusing.  The important quotes for me in this lesson are twofold.  The first is:  “We have separated intellect from feeling, and have developed intellect at the expense of feeling.”  The second is: “Intelligence is much greater than intellect, for it is the integration of reason and love; but there can be intelligence only when there is self-knowledge,…”  At the top, he says we are blunting the sensitivity to cruelty.  This is sad.  And disconcerting.  We are becoming more and more specialized and less and less integrated.  Albert Low in Zen and Creative Management says science breaks things down into problems.  That is what technology does and it can never be the solution, even though we forget this, since nature isn’t like this.  We know it on some level.  He also says man tries to overcome nature but man is nature.  

We separate things.  This is when we as a people get into trouble.  When we feel separate.  The Dalai Lama says that is when human beings commit horrible acts.  When we feel separate from others.  Intelligence is the integration of reason and love.  That is beautiful.  Can we do this in business?

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