In Praise of Doubt

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. – George Iles

Wisdom doesn’t begin with knowledge, it begins with doubt. Until you have honestly questioned your own beliefs, you have not even begun the journey.

I have met a number of really smart people, especially in my college days. But really wise people, I have met very few.

Wisdom is more than knowledge, but knowledge is a part of wisdom. The wise know things, but they know more than concepts and definitions.

The world is not black and white. Wisdom knows the evil and good, but also understands the in-between. The wise both think and live the virtues.

The reason wisdom is so hard to define is that wisdom is a collective name for all the virtues working in harmony. Wisdom is what wisdom does.

But it all begins by questioning everything. Nothing is off-limits in the pursuit of wisdom and truth.

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Jay N. Forrest

We are old too soon, and wise too late! I am a philosopher, a pursuer of wisdom. I have spent my life seeking to know the truth and discover wisdom for living. I don't claim to be a wise man, just an old man. But I do think I have something to say that might help those interested in living a good life without the supernatural.