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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 09:28 AM
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3. Wisdom is a personal, individual thing, not a species trait.
What we are seeing is not the result of a lack of species cleverness, but the lack of species wisdom.

As far as I can tell, it is not likely our species will be able to become wise -- at least not within the current global psycho-cultural setting. We may be able to develop some degree of species-wide wisdom after things have changed sufficiently to force a transition, but there is no guarantee of that.

Fortunately there is a guarantee that individuals within our species can become wise, and in so doing can seed islands of sanity around themselves. Within those islands a recognition of the value of wisdom can ripple out through many people, each of whom has the potential of becoming a "wisdom seed" in their turn. The more such islands spring into being, the greater is the chance that our species will be able to make the transition once the conditions have changed enough to undermine our current cultural story.
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  - Wisdom is a personal, individual thing, not a species trait.  GliderGuider   Mar-19-09 09:28 AM   #3 
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