Love is an Eros centered
oscillates on alternating legs of approach and separation. Wisdom is a
Logos centered process that moves by successive inward withdrawals and
outward returns. Through love, we find each other. In wisdom, we
discover ourselves. Love starts with a greeting. Wisdom begins with a
departure. While love finds its peak experiences in close communion,
wisdom gets its powers when a person descends alone from the surface of
life to the depths of inwardness to make a discovery there and return
with it. Alchemists called the process “rectification through going
Both processes are dynamic engines of change,
not states of being. They belong to the vita activa as unfoldings in
time. Only in retrospect do they enter the vita contemplativa as truths
Why do love and wisdom matter so much?
makes them so memorable to us? They matter because they employ our
evolved physiology in ways that generate rhythmic resonances across
many body systems. We experience their biological rightness with an
augmentation of energy that, in its rhythmic consanguities, transmits a
feeling of meaningfulness.
The strength and wholeheartedness with which
we enter our turning points in love and wisdom, rightly understood, is
a measure of their rhythmic integrity. And rhythmic integrity
can be measured by activity in specific frequency bands that we will
explore in the course of our investigations (See # 7, 14, 19, 20).