Pillar #5 - Mercy
“compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power” - Dictionary.com
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Mercy is crucial to wisdom, allowing it to function by bringing constructive resistance to the force of knowledge. It directs the power of wisdom to accomplish its highest objective, that of bringing and nurturing life. Without it, wisdom may be a cruel master, harsh and unrelenting. This mercy need be applied to myself as well as others. Religion, philosophy, intellectualism, and governments, applied without mercy will surely end in violence and the destruction of the individual. I yield to the powers that be, hoping for mercy as I address my issues, learning that, as I expect it, and it is necessary for my growth, so I should express it in my dealings with others. There is no greater power than wisdom applied to a life with mercy as it's arms to lift, to teach, to heal, and to encourage.
Pillar #6 Easily Entreated
“In all debates, let Truth be thy aim, not Victory.” - WILLIAM PENN, SomeFruits of Solitude
“ 'Tis the glory of a man to vail to truth; as it is the mark of a good nature to be easily entreated.” - WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude
Wisdom is friendly to questions and petitions, entertaining them easily. Being available to answer questions and grant petitions, facilitates the growth of wisdom. I must be willing to accept the fact that I may be wrong, in both my knowledge and/or the application of it. Did I know that in addressing that concern, I found greater knowledge that caused wisdom to grow and mature? I cannot become entrenched in my ways or my knowledge and refuse to entertain oppositions and petitions. Though the questions are tedious, though the petitions are continuous, I must apply myself to them, willingly and easily. I must allow questions to my beliefs, working my through my limited understanding, to achieve the purest and simplest knowledge, and apply that to life's challenges. Without this ability to entertain questions and be approachable, wisdom will be corrupted by egocentric desires, my will overriding the greater good, and create a religion of Me.
Pillar #7 A Higher Source
“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
“Each of us is born with the potential for the unfolding of our true self. When you deviate from the truth, you are interfering with the intention of something greater than you are - call it nature or a higher power. As a result, you develop discomfort.” - Unknown
Not wanting to use religious cliché's and forms makes this last pillar difficult to describe. The idea is that wisdom must have a source, greater than its form in my life, to appeal to. Some have called it a “higher power”, a philosophy, a teacher, a leader, or any number of nomenclatures, all referring to the idea that someone or something has the power to inspire me to greater wisdom. Isolation cannot be tolerated, though it is useful for growth, to be wisdom in fact, it must be exercised in real life scenarios. I can be wise on my own, but let an argument start between my brother and I, and watch as the heat of emotion tests the weaknesses of that which I found in solitude. The two must work together, wisdom hammered out on my own, but submitted to another higher source, tested outside of my safe zone. A higher source exists, it behooves you to find it, appeal to it, and listen to it.
Pillar #1 - Humility; Pillar #2 - Peace; Pillar #3 - Seriousness; Pillar #4 - Quietness;
Pillar #5 Mercy; Pillar #6 - Easily Entreated; Pillar #7 - Higher Source