‘Wisdom, therefore, is the ability to face the truth and not be unnerved or frightened. It is the capacity to be disillusioned but not disheartened. It is the ability to consider the contingency and the groundlessness of all things, oneself included, and not turn away from the consideration in fear. Wisdom means setting aside illusions about oneself and the world and being strengthened by that encounter with the truth. It entails willingness to avoid seeking the security of the unchanging and to open oneself to a world of flux and complex relations.’ (The Six Perfections)
It really is a pleasure to pick this book off the shelf and open to find such wisdom about wisdom. With an added tinge of poignancy post-election.