Thoughts on Life: Why the Ivory Tower is a Myth.


They say the best thinkers are those who hide away in ivory towers; kept safe from distractions; where they can observe, speculate, and gaze into the minds of men and women in society. These people are called by some Philosophers, some even describe them as Theologians; the best poets seem to be those whose introverted tendancies keep them at bay from the world, yet intoxicated by its depravity. The truth is the ivory tower is just a myth; the real ivory tower is indwelt by those who hide away from knowledge, and so pretend such men exist.

 

Intellectualism is a poison in that it pretends to be mechanical, when it is actually termed by humans, and hence can only be truly experienced if you remove the emotions from your own way of thinking; though some would call this passivity, I would in fact say this is naivete’ at its very finest. How often, do we consider the best minds? Einstein had a dislike for education, and he certainly wasn’t a man who seemed to hide away from the rest of the world. The Reformer John Calvin was raised to be in the Church, then worked to become a lawyer, until his salvation when he became a writer, and soon afterward, a pastor. He didn’t think ivory towers did people much good, when hard work is that which benefits, not simply profits, individual and collected human beings.

 

Each man has a war to pick, with himself or other people, does not matter; you can be isolated from the rest of the world, but there is still the conflicts in your own soul that keep you awake at night. Many people go to war (by this I mean figuratively speaking), but they imagine it as a dream, not a reality; their weapons are in action while their minds fade away to the sound of depression and ignorance.

 

Hope is often imagined to be like the top of the ocean at sunset; it paints beautiful colors, but it must reflect something. There has to be depth; an ocean reflecting the sun must have depth in order to even have a surface; hope must be deep, overflowing, and willing to not be taken out by the heat of the sun. Like the ocean, however, this hope must be created in our hearts by God Himself.

 

Man was not meant to be alone, yet by alone he means as a creature, not as a being; truly only God can indwell man, and rescue him from his sin; the means of grace in marriage are tied to the means of grace in his walk. Yet as he walks with God, leading him to an eternal haven, he must remember to enjoy the time given, and to remember that the passions God has given him are similar to the passion he has for his bride: to keep, protect, and uphold them even in the toughest days, and to enjoy the bliss of joy in the Creator.

 

The more I know, the less I actually do know; and the less I know, the more I actually know. Everything being tied to the Creator, it amazes me to find connections within His creation, and within the inspiration of Scripture. Yet to truly know is a result of knowing God, not information; information does not mean you know more, unless you find where it leads, if this is lacking then you actually know less than where you started, because your foundations are gone with no source or root.

 

Philosophy and life only lead you so far. Sin and death carry you to the grave and punishment,  eternal life is a daily life with your Creator; remember Him in all your ways; make Him your treasure, and you will never live in an ivory tower, or be possessed by intellectualism, wage the war by yourself, or experience a bitter loneliness. Creation is dependant on its Creator.

 

And so I leave you these words:

Romans 8:31-39

31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,

 

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord


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