25 May 19

I do not think that I am that wise, but this is not an age that likes wisdom or knowledge, Instead, everything is seen through the lens of power. This age values victims and fools: indeed manufactures them, when we should be trying with all our might to have as few unwise or damaged people as possible. There are those who would exploit your vulnerability, monetize it, and sell your attention to the highest bidder — from the nightly news to Google.

In this age, seeking wisdom is countercultural, but more needed than ever. When dealing with propaganda, the wise are silent. Their silence, however, is not consent. It is acknowledgement that there are some battles better not entered into. They discern when it is time to speak: often telling their children that what they have been instructed in is a lie, to smile, wage and ignore such.This turning away from the organs of society is the beginning of the end of that dynasty. You could argue that the voice of the people is not the voice of God, but without the assent of the people no government can hold power.

Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who delight in doing evil
And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
15 Whose paths are crooked,
And who are devious in their ways;

Proverbs 2:9-15 NASB

What little wisdom I do have notes that those who do not challenge the current authorities are praised. But to question one of the fundamental beliefs of the church of nice — and all hell breaks loose. One should question if such things are true: the true method of science is to doubt everything, experimental results included. But expect opposition. Do not expect grants.

The same or worse treatment awaits the poor soul questioning evolution of a biologist; whereas that same biologist will treat gently another who, say, thinks plants can understand human language.
The reason for the differences is obvious. Question a matter that can’t easily be tied to Christianity, and it’s intellectual tea-time, pinkies raised in politeness and everything. But bring up something that might support Christian religion and the cloven hoof appears. (That line courtesy of PG Wodehouse.)
This is a weakness. After all, the physicist and biologist may be missing something in their own beliefs, even if those beliefs are more-or-less true. It’s clear to most, especially those who teach, that explaining fundamentals to doubters often brings greater insight and deeper understanding to the teacher.

Matt Briggs.

If you want to find wisdom, and seek it, it is available. In old books, old ideas, but more so in the word of God. Theology is the underpinning of philosophy and both are needed for any scholarly work.

But you won’t get research grants. Fortunately, life is more than that.