Ontology of wisdom, eternity, or of sand?
by Andrea Elizabeth
“Wisdom of Sirach 1
Wisdom Is from the Lord
1All wisdom comes from the Lord
And is with Him forever.
2Who can count the sand of the seas,
The drops of rain, and the days of eternity?
3Who can search out the height of heaven,
The breadth of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom?
“4Wisdom was created before all things,
And the insight of prudence was from eternity.
5To whom has the root of wisdom been revealed?
And who has come to know her great deeds?
6There is one who is wise and is feared exceedingly,
He who sits upon His throne.
7The Lord Himself created wisdom.
He saw and numbered her
And poured her out on all His works,
8In the midst of all flesh according to His gift;
And He provided her for those who love Him.”
Aside: It doesn’t say God made grains of sand. The origin of sand is rock, n’est-ce pas?
“1 Sand is made from tiny grains of rocks and minerals. It can also be tiny particles of the shells of sea creatures. Some sand comes from the calcium (a mineral) in seaweed. Sand can be different colors. That’s because shells, rocks, and minerals are different colors. Sand on beaches can be black, white, brown, green, yellow, or even pink!
2 Sand is made when rocks or shells break into tiny pieces. Over time, rock is broken down by water, wind, and ice. It takes thousands or millions of years to create sand. Wind, water (rain), ice, and even the process of freezing and thawing work on mountains. Pieces of rock break off the mountain. These pieces fall because of gravity. Water and wind may carry them far away from the mountain where they were formed. As rocks fall from the mountain, they break into smaller pieces. …..”
Therefore erosion is wise and the earth is old.
Dirt is made similarly to sand.
“So where does the dirt come from — how is it made? Mostly it is made of rock. Small and larger pieces of rock mixed with decayed and decaying leaves, roots, dead bugs, etc. So to really understand where dirt comes from, we need to look at the processes that break the rock to make particles of sand and clay that we find in dirt or soil. Geologists refer to this breaking of the rock as weathering because moisture and temperature, key elements of weather, control the process.”
Dirt comes from dead people and animals too. Water, wind and gravity are giant mixers. The earth is a violent place yet this is how plants and people are nourished. We have dead people, animals, plants and bugs in our yards and all around us giving us life, beauty and a hidden resting place. Recycling is wise.
What percentage of rocks are sedimentary?
Sedimentary rocks are derived from preexisting igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. These rocks contain many clues as to their origin and the conditions that existed while they formed. Sedimentary rocks make up 75 percent of the rocks at the earth’s surface but only 5 percent of the outer 10 miles of the earth. Sediment, as distinguished from sedimentary rock, is a collective name for loose, solid particles and is generally derived from weathering and erosion of preexisting rock. After formation, sediments are transported by rivers, ocean waves, glaciers, wind or landslides to a basin and deposited. Lithification is the process of converting loose sediment into sedimentary rock and includes the process of cementation, compaction and crystallization.
Sedimentary rock is formed by lithification of sediments, precipitation from solution and consolidation of the remains of plants or animals. Coal is an example of sedimentary rock formed from the compression of plant remains.”