Posted by: Mark Nielsen | January 17, 2012

Wisdom, Knowledge, & Information: What’s the Diff?


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The endless cycle of idea and action,

endless invention, endless experiment,

Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;

Knoweldge of speech, but not of silence;

Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.

All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,

All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,

But nearness to death no nearer to God.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?


T.S. Eliot, Choruses from the Rock (excerpt, Part 1), 1927


An earlier post, with a different excerpt from the Choruses:

Marking Time, March 21, 2008 – Lent, Iraq & The Struggle of Good & Evil

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