Greek Philosopher Plato. Academy of Athens.

We live in an age of unparalleled accumulation of knowledge. It is a disastrous mistake to think that our accumulation of knowledge and facts makes us truly smarter. History is replete with examples of very learned and educated people making very bad mistakes – because they lack wisdom. If you have knowledge, then the next step is to seek its meaning. Meaning is a philosophical concept. One cannot properly understand our great well of knowledge without a proper understanding of philosophy. Recently, I was reading letters of Copernicus. I was struck by the fact that in his day, and for many centuries, Scientists were Philosophers first in the minds of the culture. The terms were in many cases interchangeable. Today, we are so enamoured with all of our amazing technology and advances in science that we have become dumbed down in many cases to REAL knowledge, rooted in sound philosophical concepts. It is a mistake to arrogantly believe that we are all that more advanced in our thinking in many ways than the ancient thinkers just because we have iPhones and space craft. It’s possible and even proverbial to be an “educated fool”. My first History class during my university career had the Prof. reading a letter discussing the challenges of the day, people and politicians doing this and that, complaints about society and relationships. He asked, where and when do you think this was written? We eager young collegiates said New York or London or Paris – perhaps a letter to the editor of a great modern newspaper. He laughed, “This was written 2,500 years ago in Athens”. His point being that for all the advancements we have made – and they are many – the most fundamental equations are that of Humanity. And those are timeless, as are the formulations of philosophical and spiritual thought. To be a “smart” person requires a grounding in sound philosophy. Understanding meaning, purpose, value and other transcendent concepts cannot be accomplished through mere accumulation of knowledge. We must always ask deeper questions than those of mere physical, materialistic reality. If we want to be truly “smart”….