Posted on March 23, 2011 by

Tragedy Of The Wise And The Knowledgeable

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the dream of every intellect, every talent, every art to be recognized for what sets it apart from the rest. Some dreams come true, others don’t.

One common thing about all three: they are not very common. And due to this, they have to come across undeserved stupidity from their counterparts.

For one to fathom completely the level of knowledge or intellect of another, one must either be on the same level as that person, or even higher. Wisdom can not be judged by stupidity as stupidity lacks the necessary criteria to guess where wisdom draws it’s conclusions from. It is knowledge that begets wisdom, and it is wisdom that accepts knowledge.

Stupidity, on the other hand, rejects knowledge and fails to recognize wisdom, thereby, closing all doors upon itself.

The biggest grief of a wise man, or the knowledgeable, is to watch his efforts to enlighten be absorbed into the immensely dense black hole of the stupidity of a nation. Nothing comes of it, no positive response, no credit for his work.

Except for criticism, mostly, resulting from the collective mindset of the subjects not being able to comprehend the depth or magnitude of the information being passed to them. But it can also be due to some bias or enmity that they refuse to accept it.

“Don’t pay attention to who’s saying; pay attention to what’s being said!”

Hazrat Ali (A.S.)

The common mind then resorts to one of two options: a) Total ignorance b) Judgments, according to it’s own level of ‘wisdom’.

And these judgments by the ‘audience’ tend to be on the same level as their thinking, therefore, getting readily accepted without proof. In the end, the heart-broken wise man looks on helplessly as his efforts go to waste and his character is belittled at every chance fate gives his enemies.

Wisdom and knowledge stand their ground, yet the sunlight is mostly blocked by clouds of bias, ignorance, stupidity, etc, but with whomever few getting it becoming wiser and wiser and wiser…


Dedicated to my mentor, my father-figure, my source of knowledge and wisdom

Allama Dr. Syed Zameer Akhtar Naqvi

May Maula (A.S.) bless him with a long and prosperous life and keep his shadow on our heads until the Awaited One arrives!


“When this world favors somebody, it lends him the attributes, and surpassing merits of others and when it turns its face away from him it snatches away even his own excellences and fame.”

Hazrat Ali (A.S.)