The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
-Solomon Ibn Gabirol (11th Century C.E.)
Friday, July 18, 2008
The acquisition of wisdom
I just found the quotation below and it intrigues me. How very interesting that silence is first on the list. I agree. And, yet, how we resist it! The important thing to remember is that we come by that resistence honestly. Keeping silence is profoundly countercultural for westerners - especially Americans. So let us be patient with ourselves in the difficulty but let us still be willing to persevere in the effort.