The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” — Isaac Asimov
In the photograph, you can see one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in North Wales. It was formed in a disused mine, and accessed through a tunnel in the rock, the entrance to which can be seen towards the bottom of the rock face on the left hand side, with a path leading up to it. However, the entrance on the other side of the rock face has been blocked off by the owner of the land, and now the only way to access the lake is by abseiling down from the top – if you are able.
The reason it was blocked off is due to the ignorance and the selfishness of those who visited the lake in the past to swim in the amazing blue waters – it is known as the Blue Lake. As the knowledge of the existence of this beautiful location became more widespread, more and more people visited. Their lack of wisdom resulted in their leaving behind all kinds of rubbish, which accumulated to such a level that it spoilt it for those who came after them. The land owner, who had kept the access open despite it being private land, decided that enough was enough, and he blocked off the entrance.
Now, those who visit can only admire the beauty from above, and bemoan the selfishness of those who spoilt the location for others after them.
By all means, increase in knowledge, but don’t forsake wisdom; it’s only with wisdom can you make the world a better place – for yourself, as well as for others.
Coming soon – #MondayMotivation booklet, with a collection of quotes.