"humility is the foundation of all learning"

My grandmother had always referred to the universe as the Great Mystery.

"What does it mean?" I asked her once.

"It means all things."

"I don't understand."

She took my hand and sat me down on a rock at the water's edge. "We need mystery," she said, "Creator in her wisdom knew this. Mystery fills us with awe and wonder. They are the foundations of humility, and humility, grandson, is the foundation of all learning. So we do not seek to unravel this. We honour it by letting it be that way forever."

Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse (2013)


Lorne said...

Would that wee could rediscover that world of wonder and awe. The world sorely needs a new humility, Laura.

laura k said...

I think of this more on the individual level. Each of us can have this for ourselves.

I know the older I get, the more awe and wonder I have. And the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.