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What You Don’t Know Is Hurting You
Wisdom really is less about what you do know and more about what you don’t.
The older and wiser I get, the more amazed I am at seeing what I don’t yet know and have not uncovered.
On Sunday, after I had done a bunch of things that were both necessary and fun (yes, cleaning and buying bird seed can be very fun,) I decided to do something wonderful. My daughter and I got dressed and ready to go to an exhibit that I had heard about but could not quite wrap my brain around.
Here in Savannah was an exhibition of the art work of Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese born poet and author. His book, The Prophet is one of the best-selling books of all time.
I confess, I was very familiar with his writings but knew nothing of his art. Okay to be fair to me, I knew that he did the illustrations for his books; but even though it’s written on the back cover of The Prophet, I was not aware of the fact that his art work had been compared to that of Rodin.
To say that I was curious is an understatement. I went prepared to be overwhelmed and I was not disappointed.
The first thing that hit me was the knowledge that this display was not a traveling exhibit, for right here in our little town of Savannah, Georgia was the largest collection of art work by Gibran in the world. WOW! How had I not known this?
I walked into the exhibit and was faced with sketches and paintings that were both new and familiar. In his works, Gibran had reflected his idea of the Divine as the collective consciousness we all share. He believed in the unity of religion, particularly the reconciliation of Islam and Christianity.
Now, I am certain that religious scholars and art historians are somewhere out there trying to get a grant to study and further this work and I am also certain that these ideas and beliefs while incredibly powerful are still foreign to the average person.
This art had been right here in my backyard, yet even I, a fan of The Prophet had missed it.
What we don’t know does affect, deny and hurt us. When we fail to look beyond the surface of everyday life, we fail to see our own solutions and answers.
Today, look deeper and find the meaning of your own life.
Be you, be well, we a seeker.
Bertice Berry, PhD.