Wisdom Don’t Come Easy

You, who are on the road

Must have a code

That you can live by

And so become yourself

Because the past is just a goodbye

Graham Nash, recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Life as a journey must be a metaphor as old as human life itself. I thought about that journey and the advice that Seneca gave to his friend Lucillius, “Wisdom comes haphazard to no man. Virtue will not fall upon you by chance. Either will knowledge thereof be won by light effort or small toil.”

Seneca wrote 124 letters to his friend teaching him how to live a virtuous and complete life. But such a life is not gained by taking it easy. We must have that vision of a final outcome as a virtuous and wise person if we are to reach that destination.

First we learn and infuse that knowledge and wisdom and virtue into our own lives. Then we must teach the next generations unless they degenerate into heathens.

Teach your children well

Their father’s hell

Did slowly go by

And feed them on your dreams

The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by

Graham Nash, recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Blessings on your journey. Wisdom don’t come easy, but attaining it is worth the effort.

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