By Deepak Chopra
“Wisdom has grown scarce for the simple reason that it follows no model. Socrates made the point, and it got him into a great deal of trouble, that wisdom cannot be taught. You can teach data collection, the amassing of facts, and many branches of knowledge, but wisdom stands apart. True wisdom leads to such things as insight, intuition, depth of experience, self-awareness, and humility before mysteries that will never be fully comprehended.
“Because wisdom contradicts the certainty that models try to give us, it has had a hard time in society, as the death of Socrates shows. Society defends its favored and cherished models (which can be mythical, religious, animistic, scientific, and so on) with ferocity; certainty is not to be flouted.
“Wisdom calls for a totally different way of looking at reality. I will argue in the next post for taking the road back to wisdom. It is the only way to fulfill the infinite potential that human beings possess, and on a global scale, it is the only way we will reach desperately needed solutions.”
Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Chopra is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.
His latest books are The Healing Self co-authored with Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D. and Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine.
Great reminder about wisdom. Thank you. One interesting thing is that with all the knowledge we have collected and the things we have built, nobody ever bothers to ask why, for example, should we build this new bomb?
That would be wisdom
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I am no fan of Chopra. He is archetypal anti knowledge man. The excellent Dawkins made mincemeat of the fellow in various interviews. Chopra is all words and absolutely no substance.
Ironical that Dawkins and Chopra are both atheists in the religious sense.
But Chopra is always droning on about his meetings with god. Mind you its years since I read the one ans only
I don”t think he’d call it god or God. He’s far more into science’s explanations nowadays.
Ah! Quite a turn around then. I’ll dig out the god book and then look to see how he has changed his mind. Every right to do so of course. Hmmm
Bother….. Years since I read anything Chopra wrote. Beautiful stuff I thought but in the way of religion its wishful thinking. Hmmmm….
I think he’s seeing fusion between scientific experiment and mystic experience. This is not changing direction.