The Essence of Wisdom in Our Time

In the early part of the last century, psychologists framed a new word in the lexicon. That word has but two letters. The word is the “Id” or the “it.”

When a mother asks her child if she wants an ice cream the ego can answer ‘yes,’ or ‘no.’ But, as to the flavor of the ice cream, chocolate or vanilla, that is a choice beyond the “yes” or “no.”

For most of civilized history on this planet, parents, astrologers and caste systems and class structure have influenced who we marry.

In the 12th Century in Provence in France, that story started to change with the birth of ‘amor’ or “romantic love.” It was one of the biggest changes in human beings in the history of history. It was a shift from ego to Id.

The Indians have their teachings on dharma – what is the right thing to do.

But it was the Ancient Greeks that first fathomed the atom and the molecules that are the building blocks of matter/a key aspect of nature.

In that attached video clip you see footage of a movie about the liberation of the Jewish peoples in concentration camps in horrific places like Aushwitiz.

Yet the music is a song from the French sub-language of Breton. The music features in the movie “Black hawk down.”

It is a haunting song.

Breton is an ancient language, and it is still spoken in Brittany, a region of north-west France.

This is the translation of the lyrics of that song: ‘Gortaz a ran,’ – I wait – J’attends

“I was waiting, waiting for a long time

In the dark shadow of grey towers

In the dark shadow of grey towers

In the dark shadow of rain towers

You will see me waiting forever

You will see me waiting forever

One day it will come back

Over the lands, over the seas

The blue wind will return

And take back with it my wounded heart

I will be pulled away by its breath

Far away in the stream, wherever it wishes

Wherever it wishes, far away from this world

Between thе sea and the stars.”

The Id has, in the last 80 years, fathomed the power of the atom. Or it has just begun to. That process began long ago with men like Thales and Empedocles in Ancient Greece.

And for millenia, like pained squabbling children, we have fought over our cherished and ignominious belief in scarcity.

Now man stands at a crossroads. He may continue on in the shadow of the poisoned ways of old.

Or he may embrace:

“The blue wind (that) return(s)

And take back with it my wounded heart.”

The night that Martin Luther King was shot, Robert Kennedy gave a speech on the back of a pickup truck in Indianopolis. That night, the inner cities of the United States burned with protest and anger and pain. Yet, not in Indianapolis.

This is an extract from Kennedy’s speech that night.

“My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: “In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.

So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that’s true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love–a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.

We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we’ve had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”

Earlier, his brother, President John F Kennedy, had given a speech to the Irish parliament; in it he said:

“We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not. It matters not how small a nation is that seeks world peace and freedom, for, to paraphrase a citizen of my country, “the humblest nation of all the world, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.”

The Id, the flourishing of preference and sophisticated technology, is a threat to our very nature, when we don’t curate it wisely; precisely when we let prejudice infect our pull to a deeper wisdom.

To confront the monster of that insecurity is the very essence of wisdom in our time.

© Copyright 2021 Nathan Curry

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  1. The comments in the above Facebook Post were –
    Lee Flynn commented :
    Awesome Nathan. An absolute keeper. Thank you.
    Nathan Curry commented :
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    Nathan Curry commented :
    Thanks to Lucy Wall for the photo 😉

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