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The Lost Art Of Individual Discernment

Discernment within the individual is rapidly going the way of the dinosaur and the 8-track tape. Without our personal radar to guide us, there is nothing to offset the influences of a technologically sterilized society. Personal discernment is linked with intuition. Most have forgotten how to listen to their "gut feelings."

More than that, if the underlying foundation of intelligence is wisdom, that foundation is eroding because we are no longer "wise." Wisdom grows from personal experience, and the subsequent insight into the human condition. That is lost when all focus is centered on the external world, and the reality of an internal world is denied.

True intelligence is heart-centered, not head-centered. To access our wisdom and therein, achieve genuine understanding of ourselves and of our lives, we have to relearn how to think with heart. From that will spring a new Renaissance of inspired ideas and artistic genius, because we will once again be listening to our own soul.

Where does great literature come from and what exactly makes it great? When we look at a piece of writing that has endured for centuries, it is still here because someone experienced timeless insight into what makes us human. Literature teaches us about the human condition, with the intention of giving us a deeper awareness into ourselves. We need to understand that we share common ground with the timeless lessons recorded in the classics.

Each author experienced a moment of clarity, an illuminating instant of understanding. They put their perceptions onto paper, preserving their wisdom for us to read long after they departed, not the least of which are William Shakespeares insights about male/female relationships.

Genuine insight is inherent to the individual, and it originates from a source other than the thinking mind. Moreover, genuine insight is available to each and every one of us. How many potential writers need to hear that? Hell, not just the writers, but everyone needs to know they have an inner world available to them, just like the literary masters they study. How many young minds, and hearts, could be inspired by the idea that they can access wisdom inside themselves if they make the effort to look for it?                                   

- P. F. Kozak