Who is wiser than all of the Buddhas and Sages combined? This question
will, to many, seem somewhat troubling given the current state within
which we find our society. However, barring an overdose of unreality, the
question is quite apropos under the circumstances. The situation: the
debate over Creation vs. Evolution.
This debate has been, and probably will be, a bone of contention in the
larger society for some time to come. But then again, perhaps it will be
debated on a lesser scale since the Pope has given the concept/theory of
Evolution his "Holy" sanction.
Last week, in many social circles, and within various media outlets,
the differing positions reared their heads, but with a rather interesting
twist. On the one hand, there is the Creation side that is staunchly
opposed to the theory of Evolution as posited by Charles Darwin;
meanwhile, there is the side that teaches Evolution as a plausible
alternative to the biblical account of Creation. Ironically, the
creationists are now looking at the "other side" as a possible explanation
for human existence. The question that must be asked is "why now?"
As we attempt to better know ourselves, and the respective societies
within which we find ourselves, we must begin to look within to find
answers to some of the more troubling questions. There is an African
Proverb that states, "if that which you are searching for cannot be found
within yourself, it will never be found outside of yourself." Such an
understanding of this concept is essential for the forward movement of the
consciousness of humankind.
As we, the purveyors on information, seek to assist in the emerging
paradigmatic shift from a selfish existence, to a more selfless one, we
must not be disingenuous in our quest for balance. When these debates
manifest themselves, we must look at all sides and pay each equal
attention accordingly. In doing so, the ability to provide accurate road
maps for those who seek to eke out a meaningful existence, by looking
within for answers can begin.
What is rather troubling and interesting simultaneously, is the
seemingly forgetfulness of many, when it comes to history. (Study
Constantine, and the Council of Nicea: 325 B.C.E, and King James' commissioning of "his" version of the Bible: 1604 A.D.E.).
Even earlier, more particularly ancient history, there existed the
axiom of the Kamites "...Know Thyself." Such a concept when examined
closely, reveals the innate ability of humankind to know itself, thereby
allowing for the possibility of trusting one's self. For in many
instances, who can really be trusted? If being mis-educated serves the
goals of a dominante class, can they really be trusted? After all, who
has ever profited from being improperly educated? The answers should be
As we move toward a more trusting existence, self-governing seems more
like a reality. In answer to the initial question of, "who is wiser than
all of the Buddhas and Sages combined?" the answer is "your self."
Column originally published in Signal (Georgia State University's student newspaper) 28 January 1997