One Apple A Day #675 – before we know

Can you remember when you were a child, and everything was a discovery? You knew nothing, so you had to be creative and figure out everything on your own.

Before we know.

I woke up with these three words in my mind.

Sometimes I have the feeling that knowledge is narrowing my possibilities. Because I know how to do something, I’m not challenged to search for other ways. Maybe there are no different ways, but I’ll never know because I’ll automatically go with what I know.

“Reality is out there.”

I remember reading this quote in an article about native americans. Still, I may be wrong, and it’s just a false memory.

Anyway, to me, this simple sentence always spoke about wonder and innocence. I am aware that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. We always filter reality through the lens of our beliefs, so the reality as we experience it is, at least in part, an internal construction based on our knowledge.

When we don’t know, we can’t make assumptions, and we experience reality for what it is. Like when we travel to new places, or we meet new people.

One Apple A Day #644 – not so obvious

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. —Henry David Thoreau

No matter how much we study, travel, discover or see. We will never know everything there is to know. Each one of us will only understand some fragments of the world and reality. 

Nobody has full knowledge of reality as a whole because reality as a whole is unknowable.

Sure, we all walk on the same world and share the same reality. We label that reality as “objective”. And because it is objective, we assume that we all view it in the same way. 

But, as most of us as experienced, it’s not so simple. Each one of us experience that shared reality uniquely and subjectively. 

It’s understandable. Our limited mind would explode or freeze before the infinite complexity of reality without a simplified model to process it.

Problems arise when we forget about this subjectivity, and we assume that our fragment of reality is the whole of it. And we began what Dave Gray in his book “Liminal Thinking” calls “the battle for the obvious”.

“The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.” ― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

One Apple A Day #628 – being wise

Every day I learn new things. Information that I acquire, process, evaluate, connect to previous ones and store in my mind. Some of them stick over time, and some got lost or forgotten. 

If and when I need the ones I retain, I dig them out from my memory.

I have the feeling that my memory is not infinite, so over the years, many things got lost, and I can’t retrieve them anymore. Anyway, this is another story.

Have you ever the feeling that you know something even if you can’t find that thing among the things you know?

It is a powerful feeling when you realise that you know something in your bones, not in your mind. As if the knowledge has slowly become part of who you are. 

From something you know to something you are.

From knowing to being.

That is my idea of wisdom. 

When something you know becomes part of who you are.

The tricky thing, in my experience, is that sometimes what you know in your mind can get in the way of what you know in your cells. Your knowledge creates resistance to your wisdom.

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” ― Lao Tzu

P.S. I just realised that yesterday post was titled “Being Silly”. In my knowledge, they seem so different, yet in my body, they are fully interwoven.