Sunday, October 14, 2007

What's in a Name?

An Attempt at Wisdom is dead to me. In Pursuit of Wisdom has taken its place.

I don’t even know what I meant by 'An Attempt at Wisdom'. I do remember being stuck for ideas for ages, trying to think of a name that sounded witty, yet also deep, profound and in a sense poetic. In the end I just opted for An Attempt… because I figured any name was better than no name, and this kind of summed up what this is about. However, I think it was also (subconsciously) some sort of disclaimer in case my ideas turned out to be misguided or heretical. I could worm my way out of it by saying “hey don’t blame me if they weren’t actually wise…they were merely an attempt at wisdom!”

The catalyst for the change in name was when I read Proverbs 24:13 and 14, which say:

“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

It occurred to me as I read it, that I can’t think of a verse in the Bible that endorses a relaxed approach to gaining wisdom. The stakes attached to getting or not getting wisdom are far too high. Verse 14 above makes pretty explicit that if you get wisdom you have a future, if you don’t you won’t. The clear implication is that we should be striving to gain it with all we’ve got. In contrast, the word ‘attempt’ seems to imply that failure is an acceptable, tolerable, and almost expected outcome.

'In Pursuit of Wisdom', I hope, expresses a much more earnest approach to gaining wisdom and understanding. It is a more active sounding word, and I like the connotations of hunting and tracking things (or people), kind of like the CIA pursuing Jason Bourne. It also just sounds a lot more biblical, which is a good thing and still has a slightly poetic and ‘cool’ ring to it.

I know I still have a lot to learn, and will probably be wrong in a large number of areas. The new title allows for this, but maintains that the end goal is no less precious for all of my failings. That is, even if this blog turns out to be complete garbage I am still going to be chasing wisdom and truth regardless.

Now I need to do something about the URL…hmmm.

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