Pure faith has to be a special kind of knowledge. Faith must be blind: to be respected, it ought not to be challenged.
Faith is conviction in what can only be felt intuitively. As such, it cannot be scientific; it need not be checked against externality.
Faith in the ultimate is irrational. It may be a kind of knowing rather than knowledge–it cannot be denied, once had. To attempt such would be to reject God’s gift to us.
Faith is the absolute episteme. It can be placed in anything, and is holy as such. The holy person cannot break something so sacred!
Knowledge of faith is only afforded by genuine wisdom.
How are these three concepts related?
Many of us have heard the adage: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Thanks, Uncle Ben!)
Adding to the adage above, knowledge is often equated with power–knowledge is power.
If knowledge is power, and with great power comes great responsibility…well, maybe great knowledge is required for great power.
We can achieve great knowledge, thereby attaining great power (and so, great responsibility). How does meaning fit in?
For psychologist Jordan Peterson, meaning derives from the responsible life. If we achieve great responsibility from the above chain, we should expect great meaning!
A genuine insight promises knowledge.
In yesterday’s post, I discussed wisdom’s relation to curiosity and knowledge. How does insight factor in?
Psychologically, insight is the process and outcome of crystallized, meaningful realization.
With no insight, could we have wisdom?
Let’s adopt the data scientific view of wisdom following from knowledge, where knowledge is meaningful information. Here, we have stumbled upon meaning!
Meaning is part-and-parcel of both knowledge and insight. Specifically: an insight occurs to me after exhausting my efforts trying to solve a problem. Insight presents itself as an answer worth testing at the least; at the most, it bolsters my resolve with conviction and energy.
Insight is achieved after information has been placed in its proper, solution-focused context. After ensuring that it is genuine (because the insight works for our specific purpose), we may say that it has given us knowledge.
Given the above, we know that insight is a necessary step toward attaining wisdom. Logically–therefore–clarifying the distinction between insight-driven knowledge and wisdom becomes the next, salient task.