The Wisdom of Tradition

There’s what I know,
The whole scope of things contained in my head.
And there’s what I don’t know,
Which makes me long for learning.

The ultimate, however, is what I don’t know
That I don’t know;
The unanswered;
The unasked;
The quiet walks through my mind, meandering.

There’s the quality of having experience,
Knowledge, and good judgment;
The quality of being wise.
A certain sophistication, scholarship
Or lore.

It is on this that I can base the soundness
Of an action or decision with regard to
The application of experience, knowledge and
Good judgment; often called the
Wisdom of tradition.

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