Wisdom of the Ancients

May 14, 2008 at 11:53 PM
I used to drink a tea called "Wisdom of the Ancients" - it was a purple lapacho I think. But that's not what I'm posting about. I just really loved that tea. I think the company might be gone now, but I sure loved it while it lasted.

I noticed that very few people I know realized that the moon can be in the sky in the daytime.

Except at the halfway points of the cycle (full moon and no moon) you can see the moon in the daytime sky. For instance, today there was a beautiful moon in the sky at 2:30 when I took a break. I watched it while sipping coffee.

The Greeks knew it.

They had a lovely myth about the jealousy between the sun and the moon because the moon can slip around and be there day or night, while the sun cannot wander from its set course and times.

I wonder whether Shakespeare knew it - with his famous discourse about the sun and the moon in Romeo and Juliet as Romeo is being made to leave - I suspect he did.

What kind of people are we becoming when we know everything happening on the mythical Wisteria Place but nothing about whether the sun is flaring or the moon is rising?


This leads me to wondering whether we're eventually headed into keeping all our useful knowledge in our computers only. Also whether that plethora, that virtual cornocopia of information that the internet is - whether it will prove to affect humanity's timeless THIRST for knowledge as previously a plenty of anything else has been known to.

Do we sit back on our information-gathering laurels now and feast without caring what information we take and and what we don't?

I feel like there is less urgency to know and to seek personal knowledge now than there was before the internet came. Does this change in value have a lasting effect?

Does our society become lazy about seeking to know as much as possible on a personal level?

If so, does this have an affect on wisdom? On centers of learning?


Those are the questions I had today.