January 13, 2017

A Little Philosophy to Help us Take Life Less Seriously.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~ Socrates


For years, I have felt drawn to the concept of the wise fool.

While I didn’t come up with the term myself, it’s possible that I have created my own definition for it. I’m not sure. I welcome you to do the same.

For me, it’s not so much about wisdom or foolishness, but rather an attitude with which we embrace life. A gentle irreverence to remind ourselves that, despite the seriousness of much that goes on in the world, we needn’t take ourselves too seriously.

It’s just that, in life, despite our various certificates, qualifications and dedications, most of us don’t really know much about anything, do we? Perhaps I speak only for myself.

With any luck, we work hard at whatever we do. Learning as we go along. Regardless of who we are. Gaining wisdom, or not. Learning lessons, or not. Acting like we know why we do what we do—or not.

The more we know, the less we realize we really know. The deeper down the rabbit hole we go, the further there is to go. Until we decide that’s quite far enough, thank you very much.

Discernment is a thing, at times like these. In all things. With the right eyes, everything and everyone becomes our teacher.

Until, eventually, we realize that we are both wisdom and foolishness. And that they are two sides of the same coin.

In my opinion this is quite a freeing notion. One to embrace.

One to set us free from our fretting and self importance.

“An honest man is always a child.” ~ Socrates


We are,

all of us, wise fools.

Adrift on a sea in

and out of time.


Learning the ropes as we walk them.

We encourage grace to grow in our hearts.


We make mistakes.

Embrace lessons

and learn to thrive.


Collecting peace of mind,

despite the land-mines of time

and the fretful angst of our human-kind.


We’re in a parody of illusion.

Strung from puppet strings of pride.

Let’s keep our eyes sharp, our arms wide.

Never lose that beginner’s mind;

Faith that comes from having a light on the inside

It says:


“It’s okay.

We’re all just wise fools.

Sit back, and enjoy the ride.”


Wisdom begins in wonder.” ~Socrates

And as I often like to say, whatever comes—don’t forget to breathe.



Author: Catherine Simmons

Image:  Sinan Ceylan/ Flickr

Editor: Toby Israel


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Cat Simmons

Catherine Simmons is an Enlightened Society junky with a bountiful array of passions. In a nutshell, while she champions gentleness and groundedness, she is mildly insane about the outdoors and the inner workings of becoming our best, most mindful selves. She believes in human kindness and mutual responsibility. She is teaching herself to free-dive and spends inordinate amounts of time in the mountains, now that she is healing from a seven-year M.E. illness—a journey which in itself has been a wonderful teacher. She is a dancer and a poet, and is studying to become a Natural Health Practitioner. She finds this pretty thrilling, because understanding the inner workings of pathology and the ways back to health are right at the top of her list of passions; followed closely by making yummy healthy food and helping others. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her favorite side kick—a border collie named Malaika. One of her dreams is to cycle through Africa, side-kick in tow. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.