Although the diplomas were officially conferred on Wednesday, the law school graduation is today. So, this reflection is a bit short since I’m “gone graduating.”
Although Columbia Law School is an institution committed to the dissemination of knowledge and its creation, it is not a place at which you gain wisdom. Indeed, law school teaches you a new way to think and to see the world, but it does not teach you how to rightly live your life. If it did, we wouldn’t see so many lawyers running around making poor decisions (e.g., Eliot Spizer, Bernie Madoff).
But, how do we get wisdom? We fear God. As King Solomon wrote in Proverbs,
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
But, what does it mean to “fear” God?
I’ll write about this tomorrow. Until then, feel free to make comments and discuss.