The English poet & artist William Blake said “The fool sees not the same tree the wise man sees.”

Blake’s reference is to how the wise man sees the myriad branched tree Yggdrasil (an immense mythical tree in Norse cosmology), but the wise man does not see the tree as other men see it. It is a reference to the view of the wise man who sees the tree as the driving radiating forces of macro cosmos. Importantly the wise man does not fall into identification with any particular branch of the tree, rather remains aware of it as a whole. It also refers to the wise man’s view of the tree as the nervous system of the body he uses as a reference centre for his life. These are all references to ‘Wisdom’.

All the troubles of man’s world arise from inefficiency, from failure to respond adequately to the situation in which he finds himself. Failure to understand what makes things work, what motivates life; failure to understand what to do about failure to understand. “With all your getting, get understanding”, says the wise old man, looking back on his ill-informed youth. – E.H.

Wisdom is not Knowledge. see Knowing & Knowledge.

 

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