The Creed - Wisdom
This post talks about one attribute of The Firekeepers Creed. But the entire creed consists of five attributes. Just as a hand works by using all its fingers, the Creed works by using all five attributes. I strongly ask and encourage you to read all the articles in this series. They are:
This might end up being the shortest article in this series.
The reason is, this article is on wisdom.
And wisdom, I feel, is sort of like what Lao-tzu wrote about the tao...
The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
Everybody has an idea about what wisdom is, but trying to explain it using words doesn’t get us very far.
Wisdom can’t be grasped through an article, or a book. And formal training can’t impart it, either.
Wisdom is the fruit of experience, reflection, and humility.
Wisdom is a shapeshifter. What it looks like, and its characteristics, changes depending on the situation.
- Wisdom can show up as confidence, and also as doubt.
- Wisdom can appear logical, and also as illogical.
- Wisdom can look wise, and also look foolish.
It all just...depends. And however it shows up, it will only do so after life grants us enough experiences that we make meaningful.
We make them meaningful by spending time in reflection, with an open heart and mind.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: The music is nothing if the audience is deaf. - Walter Lippman
The truest and deepest success is to live wisely.
The problem with 'Success.'
Our society’s view of success has regressed to that of an immature high school adolescent.
Our society makes judgements about your success based on your looks, your friends, and how good you are in P.E.
And it agonizes over that shallow view.
The good looking and those with the money or means to get the fashionable clothes, great hair, and clear skin...they're seen as successful.
The popular are seen as successful, and there are rankings to help all of us know exactly who the popular ones are, and exactly how popular they are:
- Billboard rankings
- The Fortune 500
- The New York Times Best Sellers List
- The Awards Shows - Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, etc.
- not to mention...how many Likes or Followers you have on any given social media site
The athletic are seen as successful, those in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC, etc.
Those of us not in those lists -- which is almost all of us -- are seen as not-so-successful.
We are assumed to be mere aspirants.
And so we are in the mass of people who are hawked success systems -- with any and all manner of books, gurus, retreats, tips, memberships, software, even jewelry and music -- purported to help us come closer ('or maybe even join!' they say breathlessly) those elusive lists that would finally mean we are successful.
The problem is: the truest and deepest success is not about looking good, being popular, or good in P.E.
Nothing wrong with those things.
It's nice to be those things.
But I submit to you that true success is not what a high schooler thinks it is.
It's about wisdom and living wisely.
The truest and deepest success is to live wisely. And so, even more than success, I chase wisdom.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. - Elbert Hubbard
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Live the Creed