“We live on an island of knowledge surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As the island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” (John Archibald Wheeler, American theoretical physicist, 1911-2008)



a sword with two sharp edges

a spear with a deadly pointed end


a source for good

a source for bad


the opposite of ignorance

the enemy of tyranny


a door to infinite rooms

a window to infinite mirrors


the answer to all questions

the solution to all theories


the light of our existence

the water for our thirst


the engine of civilization

the hope for the future

without it we would still

be hunters and gatherers

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 9th, 2021 12:35
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 39
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  • orchidee

    Good write Fred.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks so much orchie. Even a blind chicken will find some food if it picks long enough!

    • Olivia.

      Absolutely fantastic! X

      • FredPeyer

        Not so sure about the 'fantastic' part, Olivia, but thank you for your kind comment!

      • Doggerel Dave

        Can I pick and choose, Fred?
        Well I will anyway: 'the opposite of ignorance the enemy of tyranny'.
        Beautifully constructed (that didn't take 5 - 10 mins, did it?)
        Thanks also for the quote at the top - very apt.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks so much Dave. You can pick and choose anytime and anywhere! The initial writing was fast, but then I spent some time thinking and tinkering.

      • Jerry Reynolds

        Good write, Fred.

        • FredPeyer

          Mahalo Jerry! Thank you for your visit!

        • Goldfinch60

          Good words Fred, that knowledge can be with us all but we need to use the good bits of it to move forward into a good life for all.


          • FredPeyer

            Thanks Andy, you are so right, but then, aren't you always? Right I mean?

          • Neville

            it may be little known now .. but in time you will have just proved yourself write ......... U cleva fella U ...

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Neville, I love your comments!

            • dusk arising

              knowledge... the base for wisdom.

              Well thought out post Fred.

              • FredPeyer

                Mahalo d a! Yes, knowledge really is the base for wisdom. Now, if we could pump that knowledge into our politicians I think we would be a lot better off!

              • Michael Edwards

                Great write and I also like the quote. great stuff Fred.

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks so much Michael! I like to work with quotes as a starter sometimes.

                • Mizgeen Berzinari

                  Fantastic write my friend!

                  • FredPeyer

                    Mahalo Mizgeen! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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