fear of fear, frenzy
wisdom can hope to acquire
Adapted from TS Eliot in East Croker, Four Quartets: II. Fear and Humility.
Do not let me hear
Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,
Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fear of possession,
Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God.
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.
The houses are all gone under the sea.
The dancers are all gone under the hill.
I looked up humility in the OED and got back, The quality of being humble or having a lowly opinion of oneself; meekness, lowliness, humbleness: the opposite of pride or haughtiness.
Having a lowly opinion of oneself?
Saved by the last, the opposite of pride or haughtiness.
If you follow the news of late it would seem that it is the lack of humility, the lack of any wisdom we can hope to acquire, is endless