Posts tagged ‘knowledge’

Understanding

 

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
— Frank Herbert

 

Innocence is often the price we pay for knowledge and often it is a worthwhile exchange. When we encounter something new we often try to connect it with something that we have known before. When we can do this, we often avoid delving deeper as there is no reason to. We feel we understand it already. It is only when we can’t make an automatic connection that we seek more knowledge in order to reach a level of understanding. However once we grasp something we can no longer claim innocence of it.
Blessings, G

 

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The Other Side of the GardenThe Other Side of the Garden by G A Rosenberg

 

Tossed in the Cosmic StormTossed in the Cosmic Storm by G A Rosenberg

 

What We Know, Who We Are

 

“A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance.”
— Eliezer Yudkowsky

 

What would you trade for knowledge? Would you be willing to give up what you think you know? Are you able to admit that everything you believe is at best partially right and is in all probability mainly wrong? Are you what you know? Many people seem to believe they are and when challenged they fight for their assumptions as if their very identity itself is being challenged. It is only by surrendering ignorance that we can attain knowledge. What we have learned up until now has to continually be smashed on the rocks of life’s experience in order for us to learn more. This can be devastating if we believe we are what we know. Most times I tend to believe I am more defined by my ignorance than my knowledge.
Blessings, G

 

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I’m a Construct of all the Mistaken Truths of My Past

 

“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”
— Carl Gustav Jung

 

My cup of truth overflows
My certainty knows no bounds
Nothing enters no one leaves
when I start to expound
There may be fools who differ
well let them they’re wrong
What I have to offer
is not a madman’s song

 

Could it be
I’ve been mistaken?
Has my worldview
been forsaken?
A perceptual error
A faulty premise
shakes my foundations
Have I been remiss?

 

I order my thoughts
I rebuild stronger
I accept that this truth
won’t last any longer
than past misconceptions
Ah well it’s true
Older conclusions must
give way to the new.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Stargazing Within the PatternStargazing Within the Pattern by G A Rosenberg

 

PrecisionPrecision by G A Rosenberg

 

Odd Ramblings

 

“I am obscure and odd, very deeply odd.”
— Virginia Woolf

 

Am I obscure? Perhaps but then I tend towards the mistake that many have read what I’ve read tho I seen to have more of a taste for it than others. Puzzling but then I have enjoyed the company of books more often and deeper at times than the company of other people. Connections made with the writers or the beings that they write about . A character from a beloved novel invoked at 3 AM can be as powerful as any other spirit and there are many with whom I have had discourse. But then like dear Ms. Wolfe, I have no trouble admitting to my oddness.
The more I live life, the more puzzling I find certain aspects of it. Sometimes this is amazingly heartening and sometimes like the present I find it frustrating. I want to be able to fix the world or at least the parts of it that I love and yet I can see perspectives where there is no brokenness just being. Anything can be healed perhaps yet the how and why and consequences of doing so are not often available. Everything has ripples, ways in which they interact with other things that interact still more that any change to the system can change it beyond recognition. Yet still I impose my will even tho I may not know how to cause no harm. Still the I I know as me is new to this game, merely in it for a little over half a century. Maybe with time the wisdom and discernment of how to act and more importantly when will come. Until then I learn and attempt..why anything I set my mind to I suppose.
Blessings, G

 

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Colourful TorColourful Tor by G A Rosenberg

 

Ornate and Delicate WebOrnate Webbing by G A Rosenberg

 

Consciousness Stream of Fear

 

“I know how you feel,“ I said. “You run into something you totally don’t get, and it’s scary as hell. But once you learn something about it, it gets easier to handle. Knowledge counters fear. It always has.”
— Jim Butcher

 

Fear
A footstep in the dark
A whisper when you are home alone
A job interview
Meeting a perspective date or friend or employer
Going home with someone
First steps into unknown places
yet fear is a portent
It signals a lesson to come
knowledge to be won
a test of the soul
becoming more whole
yet it also signals a death
an end to the person you were
before the fear was faced
and a new life for the making.
— G A Rosenberg
 

Blessings, G

 

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Envenomed WisdomEnvenomed Wisdom by G A Rosenberg

 

Fire Pit ChallengeFire Pit Challenge by G A Rosenberg

 

Knowledge and Understanding

 

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

 

Knowledge is easy to come by these days. Our phones and our computers put a world of facts at our fingertips. Yet how much of what we know do we truly understand? It is one thing to know that a stove top that is in use is too hot to touch but to understand it you have to experience what it is to be burned. To me understanding is akin to the term grok that Robert Heinlein used in his novel “Stranger in a Strange Land”. It means to not only have knowledge of something but to become one with it, to have it live inside your skin. Most spiritual knowledge is only words and paradox without understanding. Once the understanding is reached than the paradoxes can be embraced. It is easy to be a know it all in today’s world. To truly give knowledge meaning tho we need to understand.
On the qabalistic Tree of Life, the second and third spheres (sephiras) are Cookman which means Wisdom and Binah Understanding. Wisdom is considered active and Understanding passive and sitting across on the same level of the tree means that they form a certain dichotomy. In between them is the hidden sphere D’aath which means Knowledge. The Path that joins the Three is that represented by the Empress card of the tarot which holds the meaning of the full-blown creative impulse. It fits rather well if you think of it as it takes wisdom used in a creative way to turn knowledge into understanding.
Blessings, G

 

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A New VistaA New Vista by G A Rosenberg

 

Embedded SecretsEmbedded Secrets by G A Rosenberg

 

Spoon Feeding

 

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
― E.M. Forster

 

all too often when people have attempted to teach me something, they teach it by rote a bit at a time. How much better it would be if they were to present something fully and let me reason it out or plant seeds of understanding and show me how to grow them. It seems all too often people are in the habit of imparting knowledge instead of fostering understanding. This is somewhat akin to JFK’s famed expression of feeding a man fish rather than teaching them how to fish. By showing someone pathways to understanding, they can not only gain tools that will help them in all areas of their life but they will be able to grasp what they are being shown in a much more visceral way.
Blessings, G

 

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House of Lion and Red SnakeHouse of Lion and Red Snake by G A Rosenberg

 

Mandala with DistortionsMandala with Distortions by G A Rosenberg