Monday, 19 December 2011
Wisdom- A Faculty of Thought
It is the definitive faculty of thought. Eloquent and elegant from every approachable angle, it seems an unconquerable feat as it makes the critical discernment between that of the good and that of the evil. One shrouded in secrecy as it advances to inconceivable heights. Heights that fabricate the form and function of modern and ancient thought. Wisdom is nothing short of overlooked, its intimate rivalry in conjunction with its marriage with the concept of intellect has led to the diminishing of its value by a small but dominate group of individuals. It stands firm as the flesh and blood of the mind, an output satisfying the critical input; an execution of the objective before a seemingly inaccessible conundrum. A conundrum concerning the likes of ethics and morality, or rationality, equity and equality. It is the advent of modern wisdom as a faculty of thought that has conquered new ground for intellectuals destined to forge a memorable impression. The cessation of understanding the nature and mechanics of wisdom arises from its intimate association with its parent concept, Intellect. There exists an excessively fine line between these two aspects of the mind. They co-exist as intangible realities, the former, Wisdom, is the discernment, the judgment between intangible such as good and evil; positive and negative. Intellect is undeniably the anatomising of the technicalities of intelligence. For the sake of simplicity, the former deals with that of the intangible while the latter deals with that of the tangible. Wisdom is neither accessible nor attainable through analysis of the literature, it arises as a result of experiences with reality and the trials and tribulations that accompanied them. Wisdom can make or break the probability of committing an act out of one's freewill or even determine the fate of an individual, irrespective of their socio-economic orientation. Intellect, the tangible faculty, specialises in the sciences the physical and explainable; the measurable and the static. Simultaneously, one must not assume that the sciences alone can determine all, rather one must acknowledge and draw the boundaries that they are confined to. Wisdom is the source, the channel and the inspiration that restores justice and preserves tranquility. One that defies thought as it makes a fiery presence in the mind, beyond the electro-chemical processes and synapses. One that exists as a nexus in a realm, a very dimension off-limits to our perception and consciousness. Wisdom has no physiological basis, no dimorphism as intellect that exists as an anatomical and philosophical phenomenon. To brand one as wise to brand him as wise, however the intellectual frame of reference labels such an individual as a voyager into the inaccessible, into the unknown. An alien realm where the nucleus is nonexistent. Wisdom has no single authority, not a center nor a symbolic representation. It remains a true enigma, an often perplexing yet gripping faculty of thought.