In the Stead of Hope
The cosmos contains an unimaginable, infinite, and ever-growing set of data. This data is, in and of itself, nothing to us.
But in that data are the patterns, forms, and structures that we as conscious beings crave, the very things that define our consciousness as orderings from mere perceptions. These curious threads within data are information, that which we distill from the eternal, chaotic flow of data that fills all things in all times, before us and after us.
Information is constructable: parts fit together, sometimes easily and obviously, sometimes with much training or long experience required. In these cumulative and usable fashions, the information can become a structure called knowledge, which is a body that can grow within an individual person and within a culture.
It is truly difficult to know when or how it happens, but a large body of knowledge can become applicable to circumstances of the past and the present in such a way that data will be more efficiently transformed into information, which will then feed the knowledge in such a way that subtle and meaningful new patterns emerge about the world and its ways. This high level of consciousness is called insight. It is very important.
But finally, insight might find its way to something even more powerful: the ability to see, without resorting to prophecy or fantasy, what lies in the instant and the era after the here and now. This final and most important ability is called wisdom. It is both desirable and rare.
Below, and without further commentary, is a graphic showing the budget deficits that have occasioned the United States Presidencies over the past 28 years.
The Dark Wraith has spoken.