Knowledge VS Wisdom: Evolving Purpose
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
Life is a process. If we are to gain the substance to evolve, we must gather data from the full spectrum of life. One of the many tragedies in our throwaway society is the attitude toward elders. We tend to view them as dimwitted, behind the times, in need of being surplused. Meanwhile, the young go off halfcocked, recreating the same mistakes as past generations, rather than learning from the elders and taking up where they left off.
Indigenous societies recognized that only those who have lived long, and have applied knowledge to a life full of experience possess wisdom. Thus, elders were revered and granted long, productive latter years advising the younger generations.
Dirack’s equation, which is mathematically consistent, demonstrates that causes located in both the past and the future propagate toward the present, creating the events of our lives. If we only value the visions we have for the future, and do not take into account the events of the past, we only have one half of the picture at best.
In order to evolve, we need the wisdom from the past, combined with vision for the future, to create evolution in the present.
Yet the best we have to look forward to when we age is to retire with enough money to afford our medications, while we sit on our hands, watching life go by.
How can we reclaim the dignity and value of elderhood? How can we learn to live productive lives long past retirement? For that matter, isn’t retirement overrated?
Our guest this hour has dedicated forty years to assisting people in negotiating life transitions as they create lives of purpose and passion. Ron Pevny is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, and is also a Certified Sage-ing leader. He is author of “Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: embrace and savor your next chapter.” Ron has served as the host/interviewer for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Transforming Aging Summits presented by The Shift Network. He has presented many programs for people who hear the call to age consciously at retreat centers around North America over the past fifteen years.
His website: centerforconsciouseldering.comLISTEN HERE >>>