Thursday, May 18, 2017

Intellect, Common Sense, Wisdom and Faith

I have found four different ways of discerning reality: Intellect, common sense, wisdom and faith.

Each has its shortcomings that gives way for the next step in the cycle.

Intellect, by itself, loses touch with reality and with ethics. This leads to it being replaced by common sense.

Common sense, by itself, leads to meanness, coldness and lack of compassion. It is then replaced by wisdom.

Wisdom, by itself, becomes arrogant and self-satisfied. It is then replaced by faith in a power greater than one’s own that does not become that way.

Faith, by itself, becomes strangulating and superstitious. It is then replaced by intellect.

This cycle repeats through ages and times.


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