What is it?
Discernment is a way of creating value in whatever we do and looking at life in a way reflecting ‘what ought to be’. This makes it true to our self. It helps us reason better, and aim for the best possible outcomes. It definitely gives us power to be able to deduce possibility. You see, once upon a time, humans did not have computers, or the internet, or any form of instrumentation, etc… Therefore, people had the ability to obtain sharp perceptions and judge current situations with what they had – discernment. It was part of their activity of solving problems, and it ought to be a natural part in the process of judgement for us today. I found that within its psychology people utilised boundaries created by morals, values and other belief systems.
Discernment was once seen as a personal scientific tool. It enabled people to determine what is true in our world. Within the confines of general judgment, we are able to make assumptions and arrive to actionable conclusions about the possibilities being made available to us. It tests the degree and strength of things. For example, Christians believe that Discernment is a Virtue, and that it helps us to inject wisdom into the decisions we make, keeping us on desirable consciousness and path we choose.
Have we lost it?
Back in the early pioneering years men and women knew their location without the help of a GPS. They could walk for days toward a destination without a compass. They knew where to look for bush food and wild trucker along the way. Fishermen could sense if it was going to rain. People in nature could tell if it was going to be a burning hot day or that a storm was approaching. They could understand and interpret the nuances spoken by others. They could discern, and they did it without the aid of electronic gadgets.
A primary school class was once asked by their teacher questions which were answered in an innocent but incorrect way revealing what the students’ reality was truly made up of. These children were no longer able to discern. They were accepting the world around them according to someone else’s interpretation and instruction. “Where does milk come from?” asked the teacher. “Oh miss, everyone knows that milk comes from a carton at the supermarket!” was the first answer. “OK. Who knows where money comes from?” She then asked. “Miss, miss, me… me! My mother showed me that money comes from the hole in the wall just outside her bank. She calls it that – ‘the hole in the wall’.”
You might be forgiven for thinking this was made up, and a joke, but it wasn’t, it isn’t. So, the question begs to be asked again. Have we lost it?
With the advent of technology and our separation from Mother earth it has rendered us incapable of doing the things our ancestors found to be common knowledge, and essential for living. Not to mention the type of mindless activities, such as bingeing on senseless TV shows, playing endless computer games, etc… which do nothing more than disengage our brain from our body for certain amounts of time which we have chosen to remain in vegetative state. That’s part of how we lost discernment.