It is a universal characteristic of being human that we seek to know.
We yearn to know whatever we don’t know or cannot know. This inherent drive, I submit, comes from our spirit. The soul of man desires completion, fulfillment, and peace, but cannot attain any of those until it knows. The problem is there are things it seeks that are beyond its power to know. Yet our intelligence, our rationality, our logic, and our common sense are continually honed as we get older so as to increase our capacity just a little more as years pass.
I know that my knowledge is limited, but that does not discourage me. On the contrary, I am quite encouraged by the tiny increases of my capacity as I go along. It is not so much any ultimate knowledge in this life for which I am excited, but rather for the little glimpses, the tiny insights that move me closer to knowing. These are exciting and inviting. These are worth exploring and reflecting upon.
What we do not know, even at our most brilliant, far outweighs what we do know. But life, love, compassion and understanding lubricate our ability to know. There are other “virtues” that also facilitate it. Thus it can be said that the practice and perfection of virtue in our daily lives inches us toward increased insight, and this insight is God’s whisper of knowledge as we go along. The trick is to pay attention to the whispers. They are very easy to ignore. Each opportunity ignored is a tiny piece of knowing that is missed. The more we know, the more we can love; and the contrary is also true: the more we love, the more we can know – another paradox of the spiritual life.