Dale S. Wright

‘The most important forms of experience transform us. They show us weaknesses in our prior understanding of things and point in some new direction. In that sense, experience disillusions us. It divests us of the “knowledge” that is sometimes so dogmatically held that it stands in the way of learning. Those who are wise undergo a continual process of revision based on life experience. They expose themselves to situations where conceptual holdings are thrown into question and where fundamental reinterpretation of the world might be mandated. In this sense, wise learning is a form of suffeing, something we live through at the cost of some disruption and discomfort. The counsel of wisdom, however, is not to avoid this disruption but instead to seek out the transformative powers within it.’ (The Six Perfections)

This passage reminded me of some geographic history: in the US, and other large countries like South Africa, the coasts were the most liberal places because people living in coastal cities were always exposed to new, and potentially transformative, experience. In the interior, with less influx and less change, conservative mindsets could be more easily maintained.


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