“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”
This quote is a well-learned lesson for Mr. Spock, as, throughout his voyages on the Enterprise, he discovered that logic isn’t always enough, especially when dealing with humans who rely on intuition and emotions to guide them. Logic is simply limited by what we know. A logical response for you may not be so logical to someone else, or in this case, may not be logical in another world.
Logic is generally what “makes sense”, and what makes sense is brought about through experience and reasoning. But what about the unknown? The things we encounter that, on the surface, don’t make sense? This is where logic isn’t enough, and we must rely on something greater.
To Mr. Spock, when logic doesn’t fit, he relies on his human side to fill in the equation. What feels right, or the things that aren’t logical but often true nonetheless. This is the beginning of wisdom as he describes it. A new level of understanding gained through time and maturity.
What I want to add to this is the Christian perspective, in that for us, wisdom is gained through a relationship with God. True wisdom, that which is understood only through revelation and faith. Though God created the world and it’s known science, He also created much that is unknown and even unseen. A world not governed or limited by our science or scientific laws. A world where our logic is not so logical at all. It is when we realize that limitation and start to see things openly that wisdom starts to grow in us. It involves humility and faith in that we must believe in something that can’t be fully understood.
That’s the heart of it, logic will only take you so far, eventually, you will have to have faith in something because we will never know all the answers to everything, whether you are a Christain or even an atheist, you will need to have faith to believe in what you do. And you will need the wisdom to make the right choice, a choice arrived at through objective means.
What are your thoughts on Logic vs. Wisdom?
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”-Proverbs 3:13-18