When I see the words “crazy wisdom”, a lot of things pop up inside my mind in a… chaotic order — if that makes sense without creating a paradox, or at least not as great a paradox as the phrase:
I know that I know nothing.
Indeed, I don’t think we can talk about wisdom without hearing Socrates inside our heads. He was an example of how to, let’s say, balance what little wisdom we have: By neither underestimating nor overestimating it.
I believe by doing so a thirst remains to increase our knowledge and therefore become wiser, not to succumb to our puny existence as a speck of dust floating in the universe — as the nihilists would say. For, what use does a speck of dust have for knowledge?
Fortunately, we are not specks of dust. We constantly try to make sense out of our existence, through a myriad of moments of being and endless epiphanies. We have a thirst for truths. An unquenchable thirst for knowledge and by extension, wisdom, which can — and most likely will — spin out of control.
Which brings us to crazy wisdom.
Unlike Buddha, who was “crazy” — in his own way — for wisdom but had a clear vision of attaining enlightenment, we are much more chaotic. Of course, we too try different things, trying to become more knowledgeable and wiser in each — just like Buddha, who tried many different teachers and methods before “finding” the Noble Eightfold Path. But our wisdom in these “things” is trivial and superficial at best, like for example, being aware of cognitive biases while arguing with someone, why this or that religion is bad, why you shouldn’t wear white socks with black shoes, etc.
This superficiality is more obtrusive in the age of twitter, where a lot of people claim to know everything about a vast array of topics just because they’ve read Wikipedia. Claiming that one is wise and therefore fit to teach one’s followers, while one has barely scratched the surface, is nothing short of crazy.
Last but not least, the word “crazy” makes me think of Heath Ledger’s Joker — in a way, he’s wise too. So to me, “crazy” can also mean “fun”. Hence, “crazy wisdom” is knowing when to be serious but more importantly, when to have fun and not take everything too seriously. As Heath Ledger’s Joker said:
“Why so serious?”
Dec 28, 2012, 00:17 AM