Increasingly, we pay much less attention to original wisdom and the wisemen who laid the foundations for much of our present-day thinking. With the easy accessibility of Internet and the social media, we very often overlook that information comes from somewhere and usually someone. So frequently, the primary source is lost or forgotten.
Some even claim they have invented the idea or thought, which is not the case, as most come from other ideas and thoughts and so on. Most of the greatest advances have been in science and technology. It seems that our creative ability is limited so there are few “new ideas” in general. That is why we should listen and pay attention to the great masters in all the sciences and arts because they are a necessary inspiration to all general thought.
Here is a little piece of wisdom of oriental tradition:
A devout merchant drove his Mercedes hundreds of miles across the Arabian deserts to worship a Holy Man. When he arrived, he parked his car outside the simple lodging and entered to embark on a week of study. He fasted, meditated, and prayed for seven days and seven nights, fully surrendering himself to the power of almighty God.
But when he looked for his car afterwards, he discovered it was no longer where he had left it. He searched everywhere, but his Mercedes was nowhere to be seen. He complained bitterly to the Holy Man. “Look how I have been let down. I have spent days and nights worshipping, and see how God treats me!.”
The Holy Man smiled and said: “Trust in God and tie your camel securely!!”
Happy English learning!!