Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

“No Greek sacrifices an elephant or a camel to the Gods—because Greece does not produce camels or elephants.” That’s Porphyry, quoting someone much smarter than himself. It explains a great deal about religion in general.Once someone asked Victor Anderson why he used a red tablecloth on the altar. He replied, “Because I had a red tablecloth.” “Beware lest these teachings be divulged to uneducated people. For dew teachings sound more ridiculous to the ignorant  . . . or more profound to the … [Read more...]

On My Love for Sophia, Our Lady of Wisdom and Mercy

It is common to suppose that knowledge is not wisdom, but just what is the difference between them? Mapping knowledge is easy enough: mathematics, science, humanities, social studies (they should be scholarly, but they are not sciences), then dividing them into categories, subcategories, and so on, down to a subncategory small enough that one can know everything relevant to that tiny slice of reality. That is the ambition of almost every academic researcher. But as a result, said researcher … [Read more...]

Wisdom Is Sold in the Desolate Market

What is the price of experience? do men buy it for a song?Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the priceOf all that a man hath, his house, his wife, his children.Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buyAnd in the wither’d field where the farmer plows for bread in vain. . . .It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted,To speak the laws of prudence to the houseless wanderer . . .It is an easy thing to rejoice in the … [Read more...]