WISDOM IN PRACTICE
for Nicholas Maxwell
Attaining wisdom is a noble aim
Though often just an intellectual game;
Whereas, far better than a brainy sport
Are efforts of a consequential sort,
Pursuing not abstruse enlightenment,
But working with a practical intent
To turn the world from foolish practices,
Impediments to our collective bliss.
For instance, global warming is a threat
That science and philosophy have yet
By abstract cogitation to resolve;
Instead, a resolution will involve
Both shrewd deliberation and a plan
Of action to protect the fate of man.