We Have Lost the Notion of Wisdom

We Have Lost the Notion of Wisdom

Icon of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom by Lorenzo Monaco (1370-1425 A.D.)

If there is something lacking in modern society, it is wisdom, which can be defined as knowing the highest cause of things.

German philosopher Josef Pieper takes this definition one step further by declaring: “‘To know the highest cause,’ then, does not mean to know the cause of some particular thing, but to know the cause of everything and of all things: it means to know the ‘whither’ and the ‘whence,’ the origin and the end, the plan and the structure, the frame work and the meaning of reality.”1

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He has a point. We live in a hyper-specialized world where everyone knows more and more about less and less. That is why the specialist is not necessarily a wise man; he often lacks a vision of the whole. We have lost the notion of that whole framework of a Christian order that explains the meaning of life together in society. We no longer follow that order of the universe that serves as the map to get us to our final goal of salvation which is why we are here in the first place.

1 Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture, (New York: The New American Library, 1963), p. 110.

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  • EDWARD JACHIMOWSKI

    I AM A CONSERVATIVE=== YET==== I UNDERSTAND THE VIEWS OF LIBERAL PEOPLE ==== HUMAN=====REASONING IS A FINE PLACE TO FIND DIFFERENCES==== THERE ARE ABSOLUTES IN THIS WORLD==== SOME DO NOT ACCEPT THIS IN THEIR LIFE AS ====YET==== GOD’S WORK OF GRACE AND PRESENCE IS —-ABSOLUTE——REQUIRED==== HE IS ALWAYS —-THERE—EVEN IF A PERSON DOES NOT WANT HIM=====A PERSON MUST DENY GOD’S HELP– [[[[MERCY]]]]

  • Phil

    Wisdom is a very personal choice and a very personal endeavor. it has to be chosen and it has to be worked ay very diligently by asking God for it and collaborating with the Holy Spirit to let it carve the hard rock of our human hearts and brains. If there is not much wisdom today it is because we have allowed our brains to be shut down by our communist mass media and by false socializing through technology. Wisdom is invincible and therefore always worth pursuing through Jesus every time, especially in dark times as these that we have been called to live in.

  • John DiStefano

    This is the ‘Thomism’ that the Clinton campain Wikileaks email say “nobody knows what you are talking about” and their eyes glaze over. Catholicism used to bore the laity with seminary philosophy droning which has been replaced by sappy bubble-gum babble. If we just would go back to bringing the Gospels and Epistles from the daily and Sunday Masses (in the Missal-remember) homilys would be relevant AND meaningful. The Catholic clergy always tries to impress the ‘great unwashed’ laity with pompus BS.