Monday, February 15, 2016
Wisdom or common sense!?
I’m forty-seven years old, and though not old by some standards, it’s the oldest I have ever been. I’ve been told that with age comes wisdom, and that may be true, but wisdom and knowledge don’t always go hand in hand. I mean let’s be honest here, I’ve known quite a few people with tons of knowledge, but not a lick of common sense. And isn’t that what wisdom truly is……common sense in disguise? I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover, studied the Tao - and by study I mean read it. Hell, I even brushed up on some Buddhist teachings. But for me, the person that put it all into perspective was Jesus. That’s right, I said Jesus. When asked what must be done to inherit the kingdom of God his answer was surprisingly simple: love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. Wow, how beautifully simplistic. Everything else is just bullshit! All the religious dogma, uncompromising doctrine, self righteous indignation is complete and total bullshit! That simple answer is wisdom personified. You could even say it was basic common sense. My folks spent a lot of money my private Christian education, and not once was this particular statement by Jesus mentioned. Nope, we learned that you must believe a certain way in order to be right with God, but Jesus said nothing of belief……just love. I know there are many that can quote scripture chapter and verse in defense of their doctrine, but I don’t care. Because what Jesus said makes sense to me, and common sense seem to be in short supply these days.