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May 28, 2013

CUMMINS: The continuing search for wisdom

Do you ever wonder why man seeks material things that accumulate in his store rooms, rather than striving for what his life is all about? Man should give more thought to what he’s doing and where he’s going after his breathing stops. I use the term “man” rather than mankind, humankind or man/woman. Generally, women are wiser than men, who need more philosophical and spiritual help than women do. Women better understand the essence of life, especially after giving birth to a new life, a perfectly sacred undertaking if there ever was one.

My previous article explored what the wise men said after centuries of thinking things through. Modern man skipped all that and now relies on computers to jerk him through uncertain life. (To what end?) Man thinks if tech works for him, he can conquer just about anything. He can record his deepest or shallowest thoughts and wideweb them to people everywhere. As he spreads himself around, linking his Face to multitudes, who stare at screens to interact with him, he might be spreading himself too thin. Can he ever log on to his own essence using his hands to poke at things without connecting his heart and brain to human kind?

In a previous article, I reported what wise men learned. Wisdom gets to the heart of things, essentially how best to live the “good” life, which we’ve been granted. Our creator is the wisest of all, who put us here to create our own lives. I don’t think God is necessarily anti-Internet, but questions that texting is an acceptable form of prayer to him.

In his book, “A Calendar of Wisdom-Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul,” Leo Tolstoy devoted a major part of his life accumulating bits of wisdom from the world’s sacred texts to live by. He was a rich man who spent the end of his life giving his fortune away. In regard to wealth, he quoted numerous wise men including Jesus, who said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” If you are a rich man, beware of the IRS. Put your fortune in an off-shore bank.

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