Who are canada's wisdom keepers

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ebodyknows ebodyknows's picture
Who are canada's wisdom keepers

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Caissa

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Cueball Cueball's picture

Me.

Caissa

Missed your career in standup, I see.Wink

absentia

John Ralston Saul

al-Qa'bong

Canada has wisdom to keep?

ebodyknows ebodyknows's picture

Okay, John Ralston Saul is all we got and i'm not sure he still lives here.  So, then how about suggestions on where I should go to find wisdom keepers?

Caissa

Define "wisdom keeper".

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

Head to the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning...

al-Qa'bong

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Okay, John Ralston Saul is all we got and i'm not sure...

 

Urf.

Snert Snert's picture

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 So, then how about suggestions on where I should go to find wisdom keepers?

 

I think that's the sort of thing that's best decided by a reality show.

 

"Canada's Next Wisdom Keeper -- Last episode, Doug was voted off Turtle Island for opening a 50 with his teeth -- NOT wise! -- leaving only Gord, Helen and Arvinder to eat all that Poutine in tonight's immunity challenge! But is eating 3 pounds of fries with gravy and cheese curd wise??"

absentia

Sigh! Okay, but i thought i was a pretty good topic question.

ebodyknows ebodyknows's picture

Snert wrote:

I think that's the sort of thing that's best decided by a reality show.

 

isn't babble just a grassroots reality discussion show?

*In deep narrator voice* a typical post-modern disdain for anything resembling an attempt at  sincerity seems to be growing amongst many of the competitors.

Doesn't have to be a person. Organization, community, corporation etc. are all acceptable.  Where have you found evidence of wisdom? where are you currently searching for it?

Thanks for the suggestion Absentia.  I looked him up on wikipedia.

Merowe

Snert wrote:

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 So, then how about suggestions on where I should go to find wisdom keepers?

 

I think that's the sort of thing that's best decided by a reality show.

 

"Canada's Next Wisdom Keeper -- Last episode, Doug was voted off Turtle Island for opening a 50 with his teeth -- NOT wise! -- leaving only Gord, Helen and Arvinder to eat all that Poutine in tonight's immunity challenge! But is eating 3 pounds of fries with gravy and cheese curd wise??"

Laughing

al-Qa'bong

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Thanks for the suggestion Absentia.  I looked him up on wikipedia.

 

There's something profound in this, I'm just not sure what it is.

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Refuge Refuge's picture

Oldgoat.

absentia

We used to have more but the ones familiar to me are mostly dead. Certainly, Pierre Berton was the most important.

I thought maybe younger people here would have contemporary candidates. I assume wisdom-keeping is not just writing stories or chronicling events, but describing, explaining, illistrating the spirit of a time and place and people, so that it will not be forgotten. 

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jas

Imo, wise people are the ones who are quiet, who stay away from the spotlight, live their lives simply and honestly and are not actually trying to teach you anything. That said, I think public figures can also be wise, and my examples would be Pierre Trudeau, maybe Margaret Atwood, Ursula Franklin (who's also smart), and no doubt a dozen or two more who I haven't thought about or don't even know about.

absentia

He may be Canadian originally, but seems more concerned with US politics. (Did he say "..president Cheney..." ?)

I think the wisdom keepers are those who chronicle the events and lessons of their own tribe (or  nation) in particular, rather than humanity in general, (why i didn't consider Atwood) or one aspect of public life (why i didn't nominate Peter Newman).

David Suzuki qualifies, i think.