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┬áDuring the course of my research I often found myself in awe of the intellect of the great minds of history: in awe of the capacity to make magnificent leaps, connecting dots that to regular folk like me might as well as be in different galaxies. That capacity, to do such things, is something special, which goes far beyond mere knowledge. That capacity is of course Wisdom, and I write it with a capital “W” as I think it sacred, in the sense that it transcends biology–it represents more than the sum of its parts, and as such, is not of the natural, material world; rather, it is of the supranatural world.

Wisdom is specific to humankind whereas knowledge is not. B.F. Skinner documented that rats could learn to pull a lever in order to receive a reward–the rat knew that if it pulled the tiny lever, there would potentially be a reward. The ruby-throated hummingbird knows to fly south for the winter, and back north for the summer. My dear deceased black lab knew to ring a bell on the doorknob when she wanted to go out. Dolphins in captivity know to respond to positive reinforcement by jumping through hoops, bouncing balls off their noses and tail-walking across the water’s surface. But; if asked to list examples of Wisdom in the animal kindom, other than humankind–that, I cannot do.

Wisdom is Archimedes in the bathtub when he has his “eureka” moment and realizes the principle of displacement. Wisdom is Einstein sitting at his desk in the patent office, looking out the window at the train station, when he has his “happiest thought” and realizes relativity. Wisdom is Newton, outside, under a blue sky, when an apple falls from a tree, and the world changes, at that precise moment, never to be the same, because of the Wisdom of that one beautiful mind.

Wisdom is special. Wisdom is unique to man. Wisdom is holy. In fact, as a good Catholic, or at least as a good student of the parochial school system, or at least as a good memorizing member of the parochial school religion class; I know that Wisdom is the first of seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; and that it holds a position of reverence not only in the Christian faith, but also across all faiths.

Wisdom is not of the material world. It cannot be accounted for, or explained away as a byproduct of electrical neuro-chemical activity of the human brain. Wherefore, then, does it come from?

From Him. Our corporeal body is of the dust, the same dust of all the other animals. It is Wisdom that is in His image, and of the eternal world that exists outside of space-time, as defined by St. Augustine.