Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Doing our own inner work

"Figure of Wisdom"

This can provoke a lot of thought for those who will let it:

We do not receive wisdom,
we must discover it for ourselves,
after a journey through the wilderness
which no one else can make for us,
which no one can spare us,
for our wisdom is the point of view
from which we come at last to regard the world.

-- Marcel Proust

Actually, I don't think this means that wisdom cannot be taught or shared. It does mean, however, that each person has to integrate it and apply it according to his or her own context. We can't just scoop up someone else's wisdom wholesale and run with it.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:22 AM

    This quote reminds me of a film I saw on a movie channel recently (sorry, can't remember the name of it), in which an elder mentor is informing a younger person, "you have to earn a point of view."

    That resonates with me. However, THEN, we have to learn to not get too attached to our point of is tricky.

    annie c


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