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"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth." - Pierre Abelard


Seeking Wisdom is intended to stimulate a dialogue about the complex interplay of factors that influence our decision making process while drawing attention to the important role wisdom (enlightenment) plays in successfully navigating through the labyrinth of our society.

Traditionally, in most “modern” societies, beginning in early childhood, an individual is labeled “intelligent” if he or she is a master at memorizing “facts”.  Then, gradually, as one moves through the educational system and beyond, we tend to recognize and reward individuals who are able to synthesize information and formulate reasonable solutions, i.e. the problem solver. However, we should not be complacent just because we may be respected and viewed as “smart” by others.

In my opinion, achieving wisdom (enlightenment) is a much more important goal.  In order to achieve greater wisdom, one must think more clearly and objectively, unburdened by misplaced attitudes, egos and bias. By approaching life with more clarity, one has a greater probability of performing acts that benefit society while simultaneously maintaining one’s own inward peace, equilibrium and growth.  Seeking Wisdom draws on Buddhist principles in an attempt to help facilitate a dialogue about this subject.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you and my love of art.

Jon

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