27 Apr Real Power is Real Knowing
Recently I was fascinated by the intellectual content of the person with whom I was speaking or should I say lack of content. He was a professor at a college where he had obtained his BA, MA and doctorate. He made mention of his comfort there because many of his colleagues were also alum from that school. And so the cycle of information and ideas was repeated over and over. The same ideas he had heard during his undergraduate years were regurgitated during his graduate education. They were preaching and teaching to themselves. This person was teaching from the same texts he had been assigned as a student. Granted there are some classics that should be shared by each generation. These are not of which I speak.
The freshness of intellectual growth is the fruit of exposure to new ideas and new prospectives. Without this the content of our lives becomes we and them. We, of course, are correct, orthodox and holy and they are just plain wrong. But we try to be kind and use words like misguided or uninformed, when we are the uninformed ones. Ignorance is a frightening thing.
Knowledge is power. God is omnipotent not because He is some gigantic muscle man in the sky. He is omnipotent because He is omniscient. He creates not because He is a magician waving a magic wand. He creates because He knows how. Thus it is that He longs to save us that we might join with Him in creative ideas. To be like Him is to grow. Yes. He grows. He is love and love grows. Love is not a stagnate state. It is an envelopment of life and others and reaching beyond ourselves to enhance those about us.