Knowledge and Wisdom

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I have mentioned choices before, those times we meet a fork in the road or even buying a new refrigerator. But in speaking of these choices we can often be distracted. We are creatures of desire and appetites that may or may not help in those choices. Where does quality come in to it? Are we prepared before the choice? Do we accept advice? Are we prepared to make adjustments to our desires? Is there any review of the decision later to help with future decision making?

Very often I feel that we as a society don’t stand back and review our lives and choices. Perhaps at election time our countries, states, provinces reflect, more often than not, in an aggressive posture and not from a mature reflexion on decisions made in the previous years of this or that administration. This should actually be part of public life where regularly the decisions taken can be re-evaluated in a non-partisan atmosphere. And at the same time this review should become a part of our own lives.

An examination of conscience at the end of the day can be a good review of activities, action and inaction. This might include meetings with people, attitudes, conversations, reactions etc. What could we have done better in this or that situation? What did we miss doing that could have been done. In business practice there is frequently a review of the work and business plan so that improvements can be made and corrections offered to individuals so that the overall health of the company remains firm. For individuals, this may be new or a re-visit. But to do this on a regular basis can only have a positive effect on the life of an individual.

“Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.” Anonymous

Whatever the situation in life, before and after choices, an analysis, review and examination can lead to better choices and better motivation in those areas of our lives where we face decisions leading to an informed and mature life. The importance is using accumulated knowledge, developing it into wisdom and using this wisdom to become an individual capable of (self) improvement.

 

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At Christmas we hear of the coming of the Saviour and therefore the coming of Holy Hope. We celebrate the birth of the Messiah and relive the moments with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels. We hear “Be not afraid…this is good news of great joy to all the people” (Luke 2, 10) This is living hope. Sung by the angels and witnessed by the poor, not the rich. Why then should this be important, this hope? Because after more than 2000 years since his birth we still have poverty and illness, and social ills. We still need that hope coming with the message of the angels.

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Reading

Rather than simply follow the winds of taste in our current world, we should step out on our own to seek out and read books that will be for us a help in our faith…what we need to do is be prudent in our reading materials. We need to have wisdom in discerning what we pick up, what we put before our eyes and mind.

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Changing the world Part II

It is laudable to wish better for others, for our world. The deep seated interest in change is natural and if used for good can make a wonderful difference to people in the world. Just think of those who have done work that has improved our lives.

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