Stewardship of Knowledge

In recent months I find myself contemplating and appreciating those who are out there engaged in the stewardship of knowledge. It’s a beautiful thing when you see it. It is a very sad thing to think about knowledge being lost to future generations for lack of active scholars, practitioners and artisans who preserve (and possibly grow) traditional and specialized knowing and experience — about a range of things. Think about the threat of loss of native languages, and celebrate the heroes who champion and put in the long hours of dedication that success in such an area requires.  Here is a local take on the issue:

Then there are those dedicated to special wisdoms of healing.  Take the amazing insights and effectiveness of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, where Dr. Sutherland took the profound understanding of the human body, and its connection to the Creator, and expanded the brilliance of “the old doctor” (AT Still) into a new science and clinical discipline.  In the generations of osteopathic physicians that follow we have career long dedication to and teaching of these concepts.  The love and respect of these stewards for this knowledge is borne out in love for their patients in the profound techniques.  My friend Paul. S. Miller, DO is such a guardian and steward.

There are thousands of examples of skills and knowledge in need of stewardship, practice and regional representation.  Consider folks who love and teach weaving and its related arts.  Respect and be amazed at carpenters devoted to hand tools, wildcrafting herbalists, heirloom seed savers, and people who can navigate by the stars.  Is there something out there that touches your life in a special way?  You could be that steward.

What do you care for?