The Insupportable Knowledge of Nothing

~ Thomas Merton
It is essential to experience all the times and moods of one good place

It is essential to experience all the times and moods of one good place


I studied and it
taught me nothing.
I learned it and soon
forgot everything else. 
Having forgotten, I
was burdened with
The insupportable
knowledge of nothing. 
How sweet my life
would be if I were
Wisdom is well known
when it is no longer
seen or thought of. 
Only then is

12 thoughts on “The Insupportable Knowledge of Nothing

  1. Right wisdom and knowledge is profitable. Some is not used so much but is necessary for position. That was the case for me with becoming a therapist in long term mental health. People were indivuals not numbers with a dollar sing behind it. I got to know my clients before ever reading their long Psych histories.l

  2. Wise man this Thomas Merton! His name sounds vaguely familiar to me, but not enough to remember it all. Very nice poem / thoughtful piece, P! Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

      • Umm, I’ll check that out!

        In the past week, I’ve “gotten” a hold on about two dozen books, magazines and documents. Strange thing is, it’s because I’m on a writing frenzy! Funny how my brain works … even I don’t understand it myself!

        Have a great Sunday, Perpetua!! 🙂

  3. I like Merton’s differentiation between studying and learning. When we have knowledge in the heart, we really *know* something. We have connected with almighty Truth.

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