Wisdom evolves in the way all things that evolve, do. That is its wisdom. There is profound clarity in the statement: ‘Wisdom is choosing now what will make sense later.’ That later – when it comes – will provide in its demonstration evidence of wisdom’s consistent evolution. Wisdom trusts instinct. Instinct stems from experience. From time to time it bypasses instinct on its Wisdom Business of researching some learning and as such, focussing on the horizon, it trips over a growth node. That Wisdom has tripped once (or so) is not of much consequence in the big picture. In the big picture space has been made for tripping. Besides, trip-wires are made to be tripped over. It is how you fall that matters, and whether or not you get up.
It would seem that we do not all subscribe to the same Wisdom System. That is a good thing. I trust in what I trust, I believe what I do. That is because I have time-trialed my years and let them come to their own conclusions. It makes sense to work your learning to your advantage, given that true learning does not come easily. Being ‘at an advantage’ does not – in this context – mean that you will find yourself in a privileged position through virtue of your learning, it means that you will find yourself in the perfect position to do what it is in your life that needs doing. The degree of personal work you did with the experiences you chose to have determines your capacity to handle further learning. Handling capacity is what further learning is all about and a life without further learning is pointless.
Naturally, Time’s Wisdom flies. If it was always to walk, it might miss some of its own most important points. It is important to understand that although Wisdom is conveyed by every language on the planet it does not rely on verbal communication. That is why the link between Wisdom and instinct is a strong one. Some things you know. And when you know that you know them, then is when you learn the extent of your experiences’ evolution.
You have a common sense. Be daring and use it every day. I am sure people are afraid of common sense. There are so many terms and conditions applicable to almost every transaction made these days because people have to be told how to think. They do not know how to distinguish between safe, and unsafe, it would seem. There has to be a label on every label to make sure people understand the most basic things. What has happened to simple living intelligence? What are schools teaching children if it is not to think for themselves? What have parents been teaching their children, if it is not to think for themselves? Perhaps the hysterical labelling on every product is due to the billion dollar litigation business that happens globally, where the cases are often settled in favour of the customer who is suing an organisation for their ‘negligence’. Litigation is largely out of hand. You do not sue the council if you trip over a cracked pavement. You watch where you are walking. Blaming is a big part of this planet’s culture and it is not productive. It teaches people not to be accountable for themselves.
Think about it. Common sense should prevail in every situation in which you find yourself. It should be well-developed enough to get you from A to B without you tripping over your own indecision. A common sense is inherent. You must just tap into it. Instinct and common sense are very good partners, when your common sense is well-developed you can act on instinct and be pretty sure that your outcome is going to be favourable. I suppose common sense is like the jury in a judge-and-jury system. It is a round-up of thoughts, of considerations, of estimations, in order to provide the most effective course of action for you to take when faced with a dilemma of any sort. Using common sense always has favourable results. Always. Common sense comes from the experience of centuries. It is worth finding for yourself, and using.
Common sense is like the safety on a weapon. Without it on, fatalities happen. They may not, but they can. It is better to have 0% chance of fatalities. Apply your safety. Use your common sense.
Travel humbles you. Please – if you have any spare money at all, use it to travel. It gives you a sense of your space on this planet. Send your children travelling – as a first priority. Before studying. Travel is the wisest investment. All at once when you are travelling you are vulnerable, intuitive, open to suggestion. Obliged to trust – and act on – your instincts. That means watching, taking into consideration other people and their actions for the entire duration of your journey. You are not more open than when you travel.
Please – one thing I do not understand. Why do so many European women think it is acceptable to suntan topless in the likes of Egypt, Tunisia, etc? The quiet men go insane. They are not used to tits in their faces unless they are married. If you want to get your tits out, then find a beach suitable for your predilection. Get a clue. There is no shortage of these beaches – or saunas – on the European continent – in fact, there is no shortage of these beaches or saunas anywhere in this world when you are a person who loves to spend time with your clothes off. Find what you want. The right place. Do not inflict yourself on someone else. Go for nudity if you want it, but know there is a place for your exhibitionism. Find where you are celebrated for your choices and stay there.
Understand that travelling is a privilege. A huge privilege. It expands your perception unlike anything else on this planet. New places, new people. Yes – if you are in doubt – do it. Give yourself the gift of perspective. Travel and see how distant your ‘real’ world is …
Timing is everything in life. Just think, you cannot force a rose to bloom. You cannot hurry up a caterpillar with its business of changing into a butterfly. You stand back, and you watch. When the time is right these things happen. They know when. If you are a wise person, you will appreciate every stage of the changing. You will allow things to become what they must, in their own good time and you will marvel – with hindsight – at the process. Hindsight is a tool. Use it. It is helpful when you want to get a feel for how far you have come.
Timing is vital. If you jump at the wrong moment, for instance, you will land badly. If you are going to leap, you must time your leap perfectly. The only way to do that is to trust instinct implicitly when it comes to you, insisting. Instinct will have all its reasons lined up and ready for inspection should you be able to stay quiet for long enough for them to make themselves heard. You have to listen carefully to its justifications, instinct can explain your very purpose on the planet.
You are not where you are in time, by accident. Your timing is your responsibility. Use it to perfect yourself to benefit mankind. Keep in mind that your version of a perfect self is whatever perfect means to you. Perfect is being in a place where you like yourself, your contribution to the world. If you are not in that place then you must ask yourself why. There are always reasons why, you must just feel like hearing them. If you can do something that no one else can do, do it so that others can see. We can all benefit from that kind of sharing. If you do not yet know what you are capable of, then learn. There is always time for that.
Instinct is not your sixth sense. Your sixth sense is extra-sensory perception. Instinct is there to be heeded. It is not a fleeting feeling that you cannot pin down, it is a concrete feeling that you cannot pretend you do not have. We all have strong instincts. A lot of us are just good at suppressing them. We teach ourselves to ignore our instincts, too. This is not productive. Instincts are powerful enough to make us act when we let them. When you have to trust your instincts – and we all rely on their being there when we need them – you find yourself acting quickly, decisively. Your instincts steer you towards the ‘safest’ option for your human in a given situation. A driving instinct is our desire to survive. Most of us operate on auto-pilot in this regard.
I think some days how fragile our existence, really. We need air to breathe, otherwise we die. Simple. We need trees to produce oxygen. Why are we letting deforestation go ahead? Why are we allowing certain nations to decimate their jungles? There should be someone who can say no to these things and have people listen for a change – someone who has the ears of a collection of civilised leaders. The jungles do not belong to the people. They belong to the earth. She should be considered in all of this. Like the animals should be considered in all of this.
How much longer are the humans going to waste going in the direction of money? Money is helpful but it must be kept in perspective. It does good when it’s used properly, but it also makes palm oil plantations grow. It makes logging a viable option for a lot of people. It makes dogs fight, cocks fight. It makes circuses trap animals and it kills rhinos, whales. Money makes sex into big business. How do we slow down a people obsessed with its power? Money in this world is a god. It is worshipped as such. How can it be in a world this rich that the global economy is failing? There is too much about this man looking out for himself only, and that man taking more than his fair share. When you have this imbalance you have a problem. You do not have to give the shirt off your back to the next homeless guy you see. That is not what charity is about. Just be aware that as a person taking up space on this planet you are obliged to give something back. Every single human has that duty. There are currently too many takers, not enough givers. And you cannot say you have nothing to give. You give of yourself if you cannot give materially.