The state of the world is something to weep over. We are caught in a period of time when more is said about our decadence than can ever be done to improve it. I wonder. When did it all go wrong? Or has the world always been in a state of hopelessness.
Look around you. Listen to the world. There was a time that the most shocking thing, was a flood. Now you hear of father’s raping their own sons and children killing their friends and murders being committed for senseless pleasure. Our protectors, the keepers of knowledge, have failed us. This is the age of slavery.
In college, I remember my philosophy classes most. And most, the lessons we got from the great builders of the art. Aristotle spoke about the
‘The whole, being more important than the sum of its parts‘
Then our lecturer amused himself, and tortured us, by making us relate our lives to the quote about habits.
‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.‘
At the end of class, we spoke of approaching-excellence and not living in it. Jean Jacques asked us
‘What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?‘
A powerful statement in itself. As for Socrates, he lived in a powerful time and was considered one of the most brilliant sample of humanity. He made us all feel stupid when he said,
‘I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.’
I had been in that class for a whole month and I was feeling rather clever already. But not when his most powerful qoute was the focus of our term paper.
‘The unexamined life is not worth living.‘
Now that we as a people are out and about, we are living the exact opposite of all these teachings. Alexander the great had one of this philosophers as a mentor and another for good measure. He went ahead to just nearly conquering the whole world and not barbarically but with principle and good learning. Behind him was not a trail of confusion and broken spirits but enterprise and education. None of us is capable of that, not even if we worked together. So the best understanding of our time is that we luck the keepers of good learning, the protectors of right living, the champions of honest excellence. We luck our protectors.
The keepers of today confuse the ‘whole’ for a mere sum of its ‘parts’ and benefit none. The protectors demonstrate a show of kindness while controlling the very existence of the world’s populace. And there is no champion of honest excellence, there is no understanding of it either. Who would see success as that of everyone around us and not just our own?
So as I look out at the world and shudder at the horrible misfortune it has become, I realise that there is no more wisdom in our knowledge. Further, there is no more knowledge in our actions.