Saturday, October 27, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 092

Saturday School For Hackademics

In an information-drunk culture like our own, knowledge must be the life-tested skill of gathering what is needed to make life live, without killing life by getting what we want. You could say that knowledge gathers wood and flint and gut. Wisdom must be the place where that knowledge is fired, forged and annealed to become something of great beauty, useful to the world. You could say that wisdom conjures a cranky, playable fiddle from what knowledge gathers. Human culture is made when that beauty swells into life and dies to nourish a time we won’t live to see. You could say that people who have been bathed in grief and a love for life play some small magnificence on those fiddles together and sing their unknown songs to each other, and make human culture.
Stephen Jenkinson