A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care. Wisdom does.

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…one of the two most important terms of Taoism (is) Tz’u, (which) can be translated as “caring” or “compassion” and which is based upon the character for heart. In the sixty-seventh chapter of the Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tse named it as his “first treasure,” and then wrote, “From caring comes courage.” We might add that from it also comes wisdom. It’s rather significant, we think, that those who have no compassion have no wisdom. Knowledge, yes; cleverness, maybe; wisdom, no. A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care. Wisdom does. We also consider it significant that cor, the Latin word for “heart,” is the basis for the word courage. Piglet put it this way: “She isn’t Clever, Kanga isn’t, but she would be so anxious about Roo that she would do a Good Thing to Do without thinking about it.” T’zu not only saved Roo, discovered the North Pole, and rescued Piglet; it also gave Piglet the courage to go get help for Pooh and Owl when Owl’s house blew over.

from The Tao of Pooh, That Sort of Bear
by Benjamin Hoff (1946 – )
image: a Habitat for Humanity project, photo by tukanuk

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One Response to “A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care. Wisdom does.”

  1. lita Says:

    . A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care. Wisdom does

    deep words .

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