The Wisdom of Youth

(…A too short and too simple essay, for the upbringing of children…)

Once upon a time (2900 years ago… not the time of fairy tales), there was in Israeli Holy Kingdom a great master named Solomon. At that time, the celebrity of this land wasn’t traceable to the richness or the beauty of landscapes, but to the wisdom of the Great King and, according to Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition, the Great Prophet.
But Solomon wasn’t young when he was capable to solve the big problems of social life and the complicated issues of the ancient human rights system… He was at the age of an adult person, even… of an old one. The Book of Ecclesiastes in the Holy Scripture – known as The Bible, too – is a testimony for the wisdom of this ancestor of our religion, too. The human being started to recognize the power of God and started to view the body as a part of our return to the dust, of our integration into eternity: “Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas” “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.”Ecclesiastes 1:2.
Is no man in this world to become eternal or immortal without returning home, by death, into the hands of his Creator and into the Kingdom of God… The rich or the poor, the young or the old, the beautiful or the ugly, the clever or the stupid… will not be recognized in the future… time of times. We are, and we will be, the same: naked bonds without “personality”… But our souls will resist; they will be free and without death… in the time of times.
According to the same tradition, only the members of the Sinedrium or the Senators (in the Roman culture) had the reputation for wisdom. At the age of thirteen, every Jewish boy may enter into adult men community, but, even he is a full member… he is far from being treated as a wisdom. And this old tradition is respected, in many cultures, even in the XXI century…

But our Lord, Jesus Christ, was the greatest exception of all human history. At the age of thirteen, He was capable of maintaining his opinions and… of proving his ideas in the Sinedrium and in the Solomon’s Temple. That… because He was the Truth, the entire, the complete and the perfect wisdom of the world. And, above all, He was humble and obedient:“After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, <Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.>


<Why were you searching for me?> he asked. <Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?> But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.” (Luke, 2.46-52)
Our Lord Jesus Christ wasn’t just man but He was God. When Pilatus said: “Ecce Homo!”, he didn’t wanted to express the surprise in front of a normal man ironically named “the prophetic king of the Jewish people”, but the admiration for the life, for passions, for simplicity of a man sentenced without guilt.


In our time, the modern one, is becoming old-fashioned to grow in wisdom. Today is normal “to be cool” or “to be trendy”… Even the clever, or the intelligent, or the smart… lose little by little his coordinates and he knows nothing about “being wisdom”.
Is no question about age, education, studies or diplomas, but is question of the acceptation of the Truth: the man has no power by himself; the man is nothing without God’s will.
In my opinion, the wisdom is a unique attitude of a man who is capable to win the eternity again, after the first falling from The Heaven. And our Lord Jesus Christ wanted to be born as a man with this purpose: to forgive us, to give us the wisdom of the world, to make us again… like the angels.
So… is no wisdom in this world, where God’s has no place. The youth must change now the direction and … must to reconsider the relationship with God. This is the only one way to save our future generations from the ignorance, the most dangerous enemy of all humanity.
We can find, even in the contemporary lyrics of songs or poems, the signs of calls to the future way to God, the signs of the truly wisdom: “It can get you to go higher/ Higher than you ever thought you’d go/ Wheel you in a spiral / On a journey to the great unknown / Where nature and her forces / Constitute the only truth / I love it most of all / The wisdom of youth.// It can spur you on to greatness / To triumph over nagging fears / To overcome all obstacles / The vision of your destination clear / And it lets you choose the reckless / And oftentimes the most dangerous route / I love it most of all / The wisdom of youth. // I wish I had it back again / The urge to sip from every mountain stream / Where every season promises /A host of golden, open-ended dreams / And every mornings joyful / With the prospect of the days and nights to come /I love it most of all / The wisdom of the young! // O, beautiful innocence! / O, wisdom of youth! / Will you walk with me a while / Down laneways walled with summer fruits / And in the silence of the evening / We’ll look west at the last light of the sun / Fading away / I love it most of all… /The wisdom of the young / It’s the God’s honest truth / You can’t bate the youth, /The God’s honest truth. //(Wisdom of Youth, The Saw Doctors)

But the real symbol of the wisdom remains, after all, the prayer and the humility of man before God. This humility is the sign of the supreme wisdom just… because it doesn’t mean denying the qualities we have, but admitting they are the gift from God, and the power of this gift comes through us and not from us.
We have the example of Job’s Book from the Holy Bible… who proclaims as “the most important fortune of man”… the wisdom. And… the message of this book makes me sure now: the real richness is to choose wisdom, more than wealth.
As for me, I have chosen...


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