Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Elegant Jeremiahs: The Sage versus the Wisdom Speaker

The Sage versus the Wisdom Speaker

"nearly all cultures have praised and elevated wisdom, [and] perhaps the only subject which is universally admired is wisdom -- not only in the Bible, or by the Greeks, but among the Hindus and Japanese, the Polynesians and the American Indians, the Hausa and the Xhosa, peoples of Africa. All peoples with few apparent exceptions admire wisdom, hypostatize and personify it, practice or say they practice it, teach it to their children, and use it to face or smooth away the irritations and dangers of everyday life."
-Morton Bloomfield (Chaucer)