When the Oracle at Delphi declared Socrates to be the wisest man in Athens, Socrates set out to disprove it—thus validating the oracle—for he was the only man able to admit the scope of his own ignorance.
Nowadays (in certain circles), ignorance is defended as a right. There are those who feel intimidated by higher learning and see the institutions as nothing more than weapons used against the people to keep them in their rightful place—down there, in the mud of ignorance and poverty. Who wouldn’t feel defensive and irritated by such disdain?
Yet knowledge is available to anyone who seeks it. Abraham Lincoln was an autodidact and perhaps one of the greatest and wisest men who ever lived. One does not require an institution to seek knowledge. Still, a humble acknowledgement of one’s own limitations can and should lead to a desire to learn. The ultimate aim of knowledge is self-knowledge. We live in a weird and wonderful universe brimming with mysteries and unique challenges. Knowing ourselves so that we may find and know the divinity who dwells within us is the ultimate reason for living. C. G. Jung taught that we exist to expand consciousness and there is nothing quite so expansive as discovering that you yourself are the God you seek.
At Kosmos, we embrace the attitude that scholarship and creativity are not two separate actions. Here, we celebrate the inquisitive soul and aim to foster a creative and open attitude toward knowledge and learning.The long-term goal is to give rise to a community of erudite lovers of wisdom who will share and receive new research and knowledge through lectures, readings, workshops, writing, and web content.
Kosmos is a creative space advocating for the values and teachings of depth psychology, particularly as articulated by C. G. Jung. We are interested in the humanities and the poetic arts. We are interested in areas of learning and knowledge that expand and enlarge the souls of individuals so that together we may nurture the broader soul of our world.