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Hi Carolyn Ann,

You may be right about foolishness and wisdom. I find with time the two conditions can be quite interchangable.

I don't know whether you were right in doing what you did. But, and this is a mark of respect, I do think you could do no other than what you did. The mind is no match for an examined life.


Of course the "wise" person must ask "is this the right thing to do", Peter! Some questions are just so ambiguous that the question has to be asked.

May I be so bold as to provide an example? Corporate email monitoring. I was asked to implement this; was I right in delaying, forgetting, not getting to and so on? Or was the right thing simply to abide by my boss's wishes, and implement a system I knew would be unpopular? And violate every tenet about free expression and corporate management I hold dear?

Being wise often means being foolish. I was told that by a man I consider wise. I wish I could be so wise that I could be so foolish.

Carolyn Ann

Soft ears - a lovely expression so hard to practice when not at peace.

Wisdom also calls for us to mediate our love affair with knowledge and our relentless desire to accumulate content - Unpopular and uncomfortable as this may sound, I suspect there is a correlation between the rise of social media and and what we perceive as a lack of moral compass.

But to your point - its hard to learn wisdom on a full mind.

Curiously, I doubt the wise persons asks "is this the right thing to do". I'm probably wrong but, for the wise person there are no options - there is presence and spontaneity (something the rest of us may never come to understand). From that comes direction.

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