wisdom begins in wonder.
Wisdom in every aspect, knowledge inclusive, indeed begins in wonder. It is wonder that makes us homo sapien sapiens (to be technical), and not another type of species. Because without a sense of wonder, of curiosity, and of imagination, we would not be where we are. We are creatures of inquiry. We look, touch, see, smell, listen, and then t h i n k about all those things.
And after we think and question, we f e e l . Even the most practical-minded cannot deny that he or she is guided by emotions. It is yet another characteristic that sets us apart from others; humans think with their heart, not with their mind. A downfall, perhaps, to be swayed by how we feel. But nonetheless, human nature. ‘Tis a beautiful thing, feeling.
I have been asked why and how I love philosophy and the likes. Why I immerse myself in it, I cannot put a finger on it. But I am rather interested in how different groups of people think and attempt to gather at why they do think a certain way. In learning how and why they think so, it allows for an open mind to develop.
And just how did I stumble upon this wide world of philosophy? I do believe that it began with the aftermath of September 11th; somehow reading an op ed on the injustices of racial profiling made something within me tick. I was then absorbed in various books about about politics, about the other side of America that is tended to be ignored. I guess it was then when browsing for books in that section of the library, I came across Civil Disobedience. Which, consequently led me to Walden, and a series of similar books – Plato, the Native American philosophies (simply beautiful and so, well, simple), etc. It is amazing how a difference in geography can cause such split in beliefs and culture to develop. Absolutely amazing.
Simply look into the night sky; stare at the endless blackness, the sparkles of little diamonds we call stares. And allow your mind to wander. I find myself doing that often; I cannot deny it. I’m a d r e a m e r .