On loving wisdom...I so love wisdom in the abstract and am so unable to achieve/apply wisdom in my own life. My love of poetry and a certain kind of philosophy is a Gestalt process; my reading vocabulary is large, but my ability to access the precise word(s) is negligible and my ability to express myself is minimal -- thus, my admiration for those who say what I think in a lucid manner has that "AHA!" sensation. Or even better, discovering/rediscovering those whose words make me question what I think and broaden my understanding...
Another thing I love is synchronicity, and today has been one of those days. I've been reading Omega at Threading Thoughts lately, and she has led me back to my many books on Myth -- and today a conversation with my daughter as well as Julie Zaccone Stiller's post for Tues., Nov. 8, combine for that synchronicitous effect.
As I said, Omega has been pondering the importance of Myth, our tendency toward voyeurism, and "celebrities", which encouraged me to return to Campbell's The Power of Myth where Bill Moyers says in the introduction, "One of the many distinctions between the celebrity and the hero, [Joseph Campbell] said, is that one lives only for self while the other acts to redeem society." Stiller's post of Nov. 8 (under Poetry Tuesday) has a wonderful poem by William Stafford and her response to it. Stafford's poem contains the line, "and following the wrong god home we may miss our star" which appealed to both Karoda
and myself, and Stiller's lines, "Please Don't Go Back To Sleep./ You Must Stay Awake./ Be a witness. /Be an educator. /Be an instigator. " And back to Moyer's on Campbell: "The unpardonable sin, in Campbell's book, was the sin of inadvertence, of not being alert, not quite awake." (emphasis mine)
Erin and I had talked about the attraction to voyeuristic/reality television this morning (I'd already responded to Omega's post which was what brought our conversation around to this topic, but had not yet read Stiller's or hauled out my books). There is much to be said for reality television that encourages people to improve, to aspire to better things, to feel the possibility of improvement, but the kind that encourages negative traits and behavior is offensive to me. Blogs are perhaps another form of voyeurism that can perform either a positive or a negative influence.
I know these separate items are not completely cohesive, but I love the connections that do exist and the digressions they lead to.