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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fecund Knowledge

Improbable (Impossible) Hotbeds of Fecund Knowledge
To what source do you attribute most of your knowledge? What is common to the rest of humanity? What is unique to you? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 721).

What is the most direct and essential source of knowledge? That has to be and can only be the core value of integrity and honesty as it relates most fundamentally to one's perception of experience, reality, and truth. We can run into a 1000 forces that would confound this simple relationship. I can substantiate this based on my experience at school and work. For example at school I've heard it said that professors must "publish or perish." Of course this applied to students as well. We were obligated to come up with term papers that gave new insights to some issue – say a literary issue. We were to do all this – exhaustively study the original work of literature as well as related critiques and come up with fresh revelations about it – due upon a date certain regardless of the inner workings and leadings of the mind. I would look at a work of literature after having read and studied it, and frankly conclude in all honesty that I was not moved to any new or fresh conclusions and insights but, nevertheless, was compelled to fake it in order to meet an artificial deadline. In other words I was driven to manufacture issues and pump up similitudes of insights to meet some publish or perish date. So one of the key lessons learned at school was how to be intellectually dishonest. This basically fraudulent exercise can be replicated at work. Goals and objectives committees can have artificial deadlines set to come up with ten-year plans – plans that everyone knows full well will have virtually no chance of equating with actualized reality, but nevertheless the plans must "sound good" and give the semblance of buttoned-down planning and control.

Knowledge based on original insight and inspiration that has some chance of furthering the human enterprise comes about much like the spirit: The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 NIV). Spiritual inspiration shares much in common with intellectual insight.This is one reason in our time why we have seen significant advancements made not at formal institutions but by free spirits tinkering in the garage comfortably accommodating the facile functioning of creative minds. Inspiration, like true love, will always have aspects of mystery. It is not readily susceptible to timetable deadlines and demand performances. Knowledge to be truly productive and intimately entwined must pass into the hidden circuits of the brain where honest conviction, integrity, and experience help transmute thoughts and images into creative, reliable insights at the brain's own given pace, in its own given way. We must frankly admit that institutional architecture designed to convey respectable predictability and authoritative staidness does not always accommodate nor encourage nor generate this singularly fecund type of knowledge.

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