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TITLE (EDIT)
Wisdom - Lost With Tradition
DESCRIPTION
An essay which compares the concept of traditional wisdom with the minds of today's intellectual elitists.
[500 words]
AUTHOR
Richard Koss
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Koss, other titles
[November 2001]
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Wisdom - Lost With Tradition
Richard Koss

WISDOM - LOST WITH TRADITION
Richard Koss
                 
Webster’s dictionary contains several definitions of the word wisdom including, “an accumulated knowledge of philosophic or scientific learning, deep understanding, keen discernment and the capacity for sound judgement.” Today it’s difficult to find even traces of wisdom among our political and academic leaders.

Wisdom is dependent upon traditional continuity. Today, tradition has been cast aside by the love affair between our intellectual elite and political correctness. These modern era progressives among us proudly identify themselves by the abbreviated initials after their names, ie., BA, MA, PHD, M.D. and the names of the educational institutions from which they obtained their degrees of higher learning.

Political correctness is the gradual dismantling of traditional speech and values and often originates in the academic world of these liberals or progressives, as they prefer to be called. Because these people abhor tradition, they disconnect from history and the cumulative experiences, good and bad, of those before them. Consequently, the wisdom of our ancestors is discarded like outdated textbooks and we are left with a declining culture led by highly educated elitists occupying faculty and administrative positions at prestigious universities and colleges. Some of these elite head the list of federal government cabinet appointees and even more occupy executive positions within the multitude of federal agencies, congress, state agencies and legislatures and branches of law enforcement. Most of these academic wonders have little, if any, executive or management experience in the private sector of our society.

This lack of non-public experience leaves these men and women with only their education and training, based almost exclusively upon theory and the use of theoretical models. Herein lies the most fundamental of reasons why the highly educated seldom acquire, and ultimately fail, to possess wisdom.

A sixties’ Broadway musical hit song contained a lyric describing a young man as having the “eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth.” Wisdom cannot be acquired without knowledge of the truth. Truth and fact are synonymous; they are the foundation for all understanding and sound reasoning.

Yet today, even science has now become more about theory than fact and truth. The limited value of theory is only relevant if such theory begins with a sound premise based upon fact. The notable theories of famous leftist philosophers, sociologists, and economists, despite their abject failures in one generation after another and in countries all over the world, will continue to be revived by progressive romantics who are the antithesis of men of wisdom. Theory can be twisted by dishonorable men who shape and spin expected outcomes to achieve their desired results. When theory is based on a false premise or several false premises, there is no limit to the damage that can be inflicted on an unsuspecting, vulnerable society. When there are few men of wisdom left to challenge and disprove the lies and distortions which accompany the doomed theories of these intellectual frauds, we are then truly lost. “When fools reign, ‘tis folly to be wise.”

     

 

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