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Educated Inspiration

by Jason Nemrow last modified 2018-05-30 04:26

A Framework and Schema

I cannot remember a time that I did not have a method to acquire wisdom. I find myself a poor repository for knowledge generally, so I must determine whether something is of sufficient personal value to commit to my limited capacity. Therefore, I cannot readily process concepts that involve great complexity and will immediately break things down for simplicity and relevance. I am heartened by my own observations that I don't recall (acknowledging my scattered recollections) a subject that I couldn't process within my simple framework and from which I can derive useful insights. There may not be the "depth" that so many crave, often for rationalization and justification, but I have found my ways personally valuable and hope they will be for others.

I have developed a schema that helps me determine what I perceive as truth. If I can fit something I read or think into this schema, it is tentatively accepted as a truism. Ideas that don't conform to my schema are typically rejected rather quickly and I only occasionally revisit an idea that was previously set aside. I simply don't have sufficient time or mental resources to plow a lot of intellectual fields in search of the random gem of insight - I have to hope that my first "plowing" will dredge up something promising and I can mark that "field" for further exploration. I find it interesting that I frequently return to some rather obscure places and concepts that seem to supply rich material for my study, which colors my presentation here.

You start with what you have read,

My basic texts for the purposes of this effort are the "standard works" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which include the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The first is a collection of writings of the children on Israel who were liberated from Egypt by Moses and formed a multi-tribal nation that includes the modern Jews. The second is a record of a branch of the children of Joseph, Israel's son, who migrated to America and are now extinct, the record translated by Joseph Smith. The third is predominantly a collection of revelations of God to Joseph Smith, and the forth is a collection of other writings that are considered of great spiritual and historical nature to those belonging to the church that Joseph Smith founded. Given all of this, one can correctly surmise that I accept and follow the teachings of Joseph Smith and his successors as leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I can't pin down other writings that have influenced me. I am not a extensive reader of books, which I lightly skim to find insights that I desire, as my previous revelations may indicate.

You add what you have learned from others,

You expand with insights from the Spirit.

You keep what seems consistent among the three.

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