I start from the conviction that many
of the most important things we know are things we know before
we can speak them; indeed, we know them though with very
little in the way of concepts to make them intelligible to useven
as children, and see them with the greatest immediacy when we
look at them with the eyes of innocence. But, as they are hard to
say, and as they are often so immediate to us that we cannot stand
back from them objectively, we tend to put them out of mind as
we grow older, and make ourselves oblivious to them, and try to
silence the voice of knowledge that speaks within our own experiences of the world. Wisdom is the recovery of innocence at the fat
end of experience; it is the ability to see again what most of us
have forgotten how to see, but now fortified by the ability to
translate some of that vision into words, however inadequate.
There is a point, that is to say, where reason and revelation are one
and the same.