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February 26, 2011

More from an anthropologist impressed by Polynesian tradition, on valuing ancient wisdom and the intelligence of intuition and feeling.

“We live in a world bloated with data, yet starved for wisdom… The link between past and future is fragile…  Throughout the world there are cultures with vast sums of knowledge… The planet is our canoe, and we are the voyagers.”

This is a beautiful talk by Elizabeth Lindsey, and it’s inspired a spirited comments thread. I do have to admit some sympathy for this guarded reaction: “I’m leery of mysticism and elders who think they know best  due to some ancient tales.”