Wisdom in the Age of Information: Maria Popova


Video from Future of StoryTelling


“We live in a world awash of information, but we seem to face a growing scarcity of wisdom,” states Maria Popova, Founder of the website Brain Pickings. Popova believes it’s the storyteller’s role to interpret information and shape it into wisdom for the rest of the culture to share." from video introduction


If you are anything like me you love books and love knowledge. They go hand in hand. I love to know something because for me the knowledge is in itself a reward. Not in a prideful sense but in the understanding that I am here by God's grace and that His world and even me are miracles. To have any understanding of that is a gift!

But of course we all soon discover that our lives are short and the actual time God gives us to understand his world and our broken lives in it is very limited. We must be wise in our use of the time given us.

But wait, even if you find time guess what: "Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know."Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge of anything in God's creation is so vast and deep we will only ever know a very small amount of it.

Yet just as a man is not the measure of himself knowledge has its downside.

1 Corinthians 8: 1 Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.

You see our pride and sin twists everything and even knowledge rightfully obtained can be twisted nd perverted.

In this excellent video from Future of Storytelling Maria Popova discusses how storytelling leads to wisdom and more importantly moral wisdom.


Maria Popova's website is brainpickings.org