the folly of our wisdom

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
― Socrates

“Any fool can know.
The point is to understand.”

― Albert Einstein

(a curtained window in The Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland /Julie Cook / 2015)

What saith the wise man of his knowledge?
Is he, pray tell, the master or keeper of his own immediate world…

What of the land and sea…
Do depths and heights belong to the wise and knowledgable amongst us?

What of the stars, the moon, the sun and the very planets?
Are these entities, such as ripened fruit ready for the plucking, merely waiting for the wise among us first to imagine then to eventually claim as their own?

( The Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland /Julie Cook / 2015)

And what of the very universe itself, might it therefore belong to the wise and knowledgable as it simply sits waiting as it seems, at the yearning fingertips of the sages, in need of their dissections and explorations.

Then perhaps it it be the explorers among us who are the wise and knowledgable.


Has knowledge and wisdom become man’s end unto himself?
Has it become his golden calf?
Or has man simply become god himself?
All knowing and all powerful.
As the Great Oz hidden behind his smoke and mirrors.

( The Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland /Julie Cook / 2015)

And what of this wise man…?
Does his knowledge beget wisdom, or does his wisdom beget knowledge?

( The Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland /Julie Cook / 2015)

And who do we say are the wise among us?

The mighty or the diminutive?
The powerful or the weak?
The wealthy or the poor?
The healthy or the sick?
The kind or the evil?
The educated or the illiterate?
The ruthless or the polite?

There rests a palpable silence hanging heavy throughout the great halls and houses of learning which grace the major cities of this planet.
Their ancient voices continue whispering across the pages of time..
Those wise and knowledgable men among us who are still studied, quoted, read, savored, reimagined and realigned.

(Bust of Socrates stands among the many busts of those learned individuals lining the walls of the Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland / 2015)

(Bust of Plato stands among the many busts of those learned individuals lining the walls in the Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland / 2015)

The very books, the lectures, the theories, the postulates, the queries, the discoveries, the equations, the abilities, the mastery of it all, pales in comparison to the Master Creator of all that was, all that is and all that will be…who by His very decree has given man the ability to think, to learn, to dream, to create and to dare to seek more than himself…

The perhaps it is indeed the wise man, the learned man, the knowledgeable man who realizes, who actually knows and absorbs this very simple truth.

( The Great Hall, Trinity College Library / Dublin, Ireland /Julie Cook / 2015)

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
― Hermann Hesse

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
― Meister Eckhart

Let no man deceive himself If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.
1 Corinthians 3:18

11 comments on “the folly of our wisdom

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Beautiful library!

  2. ColorStorm says:

    Hi jewels! Looks like we just crossed paths 😉

    Anyway, the pics and suggestions of ALL the wisdom in the world was great against the fact that HE who is the Source of all wisdom, was/is gracious to give a part of that wisdom to His creatures.

    By Him all things consist, and I got a little smile thinking that the foolishness of God is wiser than men……………….that says quite a lot when one thinks of all the libraries of the world.

    Excellent closing text by the way. Love those wooden vaulted ceilings…………….imagine then the vaults of God’s wisdom 😉


    • great minds thinking alike no doubt 🙂
      The library was and is a beautiful place and I do love old books–must be the educator in me–however–as an educator, I know that I don’t know everything and I take that into my faith—sadly so many of us are deceived that we and our lives and our existence is the be all to end all—our pride and egos have puffed us up so that God, the Alpha and the Omega—is reduced to a little g and given the backseat to our high rolling and lively endeavors—we forget we need to yield to the One who IS—-
      hugs CS

      • ColorStorm says:

        ‘For the writing of books is no end………….;)

        and in every discipline, the glory of God is revealed, if our hearts are tuned to sing His grace, as the hymn goes.

        But you have the right blend jewels, of academia clothed in the valley of scripture for a good balance.

        And yes, He is the Alphabet!

        Look at this and be warmed: Aleph and Beit.

  3. Great post and photos, Julie! Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  4. Lynda says:

    Amazing photos of the library – all those books! It must have felt like being in a sacred space.

    • it was indeed amazing–espically being a lover of history and books, antique books at that—but I was reminded that though all of our accomplishments as “learned men and woman” that there remains One who will always be greater!!

  5. Yes worldly wisdom is foolish Julie, it promotes fleshy pride in those who trust in their own understanding, reasoning and logic and not in Jesus’ leading and Teaching, this is why we must test their spirit with God’s Truth by the empowering of The Holy Spirit.

    If we have asked for and received Gods wisdom and we were not born with it so we all need it and Jesus tells us we don’t have because we don’t ask, but when we do, we can know without doubt that He is Teaching us all Truth and also giving us His discernment, reasoning, knowledge and insight to recognize and correct error. (1Corinthians 2:9-16)

    We can than share with others with full assurance in the confirmation of Scripture that it is God’s Truth, I will leave a link for you and some Scripture there is more on link.

    Wisdom –

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    James 1:5-7 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Colossians 2:2-3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in Love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    Christian Love – Anne.

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