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Eddie Colbeth

Great Post! I love the idea of tying wisdom and passion together and tempering them with trust.

This is where great culture come from.


On re-reading your post, I see more clearly now your view of the (physical) realm as where wisdom- and passion-infused beliefs being tested.

Yet what of the rules that govern the actual realm? Are rules to be fundamentally shaped by passions as well?

As I read Oakeshott, the essence of civility is to play no favorites regarding passions in rulemaking (see http://is.gd/i07in ).

In this way, enterprises driven by passion have a level playing field in which to contend - and enrich our "knowledge commons" regarding the most fit combinations of wisdom and passion.




Glad to see such a clear view of co-evolving interaction of mind and spirit.

Yet isn't there a third player in this evolution? If wisdom and passion lack physical realms in which to be tested, the co-evolution of mind and spirit seems destined to remain potentially - rather than actually - consilient.


Mark Frazier

Joe McCarthy

Interesting juxtaposition and potential for integration, reminding me in some ways of periodic ruminations I have about the tension between acceptance and striving.

In this context, I'm further reminded of the "the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference".

One last thing I'll note about the many things this post evoked (for me), is a recollection that the word passion means "to suffer", and a recognition that much of my wisdom is the result of past sufferings.

Oh, and Peg's note about experts reminds me of Niels Bohr's definition of an expert: someone who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a narrow field.


Wisdom, IS the "big shift" .... And passion, shakti, chi, energy takes care of itself.

Stephen Downes

Actually, it is *reason* that we treat as the opposite of passion.

And it is *ignorance* that we treat as the opposite of wisdom.

This entire column seems to be founded on a straw man.


I've often thought that any description of "wisdom" needs to begin with the element of beginner's mind (Japanese shoshin), which helps eliminate the bias of prior knowledge and the arrogance of expertise. Especially important for complex situations of continuous, rapid change.

"'In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's there are few.' As an expert, you've already got it figured out, so you don't need to pay attention to what's happening. Pity."
Abbess Zenkei Blanche Hartman

Viewed in the context of your post, the many contemplative disciplines that cultivate this open state of mind can be mobilized at all the edges to create the new core.

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