Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Wisdom is counted in miles
I haven't posted in a LONG time. Just as a quick update,(if you've read my previous posts), I am not a Muslim anymore, but I've learned a lot from that religion and that book.
I've decided to title my newest post in just about two years, "Wisdom is counted in miles". Simply, because of the travels I have had in this competition called life. I call it a competition, because we are all competing against one another. We may or may not acknowledge this at first, and even when we do, it still may not be the proper understanding. The object of the competition is to help your opponent or fellow competitor, win. What is the prize? Knowledge. Wisdom. True enlightenment. Knowledge of self. And peace. These five things are what ALL humanity is searching for, whether you admit it, realize it, or not, this is what we truly hunger for.
What is wisdom? What is knowledge? Have you ever heard of the saying, "Knowledge is experience"? Well, if you have read previous posts or just simple know me or had a philosophical type of conversation, then you must have heard me state this position before. Knowledge is experience and experience is knowledge. Period. One can never be able to fully tell someone what is wrong and what is right. What is noble and what is evil. What we know is what we know. But how do we know certain things? Who invented "Good" and "Evil"? Can you prove who invented it? If so, how? All we know is from what we've experienced or have been taught.
I often contemplate about the "Tower of Babel" story. Now the biblical version states that mankind was unified and spoke one language. Also, from historical evidence we can all agree that everyone was the same skin tone as well. Just those little things right there are GREAT differences that we have today, that separate us in to "groups". In the tower story, God or, if properly translated, the angels noticed humanity working together to build a "tower". Eventually, the angels or God came down and destroyed the tower and separated the people by language. "Confound" their speech. Now Webster-Merriam defines confound as "to bring to ruin". Also, in the biblical account, God was quoted as saying "Genesis 11:6 KJV And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
So what was going on then? Humanity, from a general aspect, had no big conflicts. We worked together to accomplish and common task. What then happened after our one language was destroyed, was the beginning stages of the separation. It became harder to learn from others. As I explained above, knowledge is experience and we only know what we are taught or what we experience. So learning from others became a damn near impossible feat. I believe that humanity is beginning to re-build that tower present day. Nowadays, you cannot even speak a lick of Russian, Spanish, french, Arabic, or etc, and still be able to download an app to your phone to help you communicate with that person that is separated from you by a language barrier. Conversation or communicating with the world is easier than ever before! We were connected back then and the connection was destroyed for a time, but now it's back and bigger than before! The World Wide Web enables us to have at our fingertips, just about every bit of knowledge/experience that we are searching for. Technology has dramatically increase GREATLY within only the past hundred years compared to the prior one or two thousand years. Cars, cell phones, planes/jets, trains, computers, robots, rockets, TV, electricity, and too many more to mention here. But you get the point. Something is happening now. The people are joining up again to "fight a common enemy". Back in the tower story, that "common enemy" was God/the angels. Not to say that God/the angels are our enemies, but that God/the angels merely did some damage to us. Harmed us. We were scared and didn't want that to happen again. So we linked up with each other to find a solution. Present day, that "common enemy" are the powers that be. Whomever they be, the ones with the power have guided us to nothing profitable to our evolution as earthlings.
To be continued......