A moment of exceptional violence is a moment of exceptional fear. Much has been said about how black Americans fear mistreatment from the police, and various viral video clips have given these claims validity. The murder of cops in Dallas has generated worry among law enforcement officials. And a wave of protests has Americans dreading that our nation is unraveling at the seams.
How can we overcome the fear we feel? According to Krista Tippett, host of the Peabody award-winning NPR radio show “On Being,” the answer to our modern problems may be ancient wisdom. In her book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, she chronicles what she has learned from interviewing dozens of religious leaders, poets, activists, and thought leaders.
Here, we discuss her definition of “wisdom” and why it is so important to where we now find ourselves.