The Sage Motto: “The truth will set you free.”
A G E S H A V E T H E I R O W N W A Y of ﬁnding paradise.
Their faith is in the capacity of humankind to learn and grow in ways that allow us to create a better world. In the process, they want to be free to think for themselves and to hold their own opinions. The most obvious example is the scholar, researcher, or teacher. However, it can also be the detective, nightly news anchorperson, or any expert sharing knowledge, including the classic disembodied male voice telling homemakers about the science behind a successful laundry detergent. Famous Sages include Socrates, Confucius, the Buddha, Galileo, and Albert Einstein . . . but also George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, and Oprah Winfrey. We see the Sage in all mystery stories—Sherlock Holmes ﬁguring out the case; in science ﬁction, such as any of Asimov’s thrillers; and in informative books, magazines, and ads. The popularity of “The X-Files” (which almost begins with the statement “The truth is out there”) illustrates the perseverance of the Sage in trying to sort out truth from illusion and the paranoia that can result when the answer is not clear or easy to ﬁnd. In politics, the Sage is associated with clear thinking, but may lack charisma and social graces. Al Gore, teased unmercifully for his stiffness, is one example. Einstein is another. (He was known for tuning out a 88