So do the knowledge, son, before you do the wisdom
So you can understand,

from RZA – A Day to God is 1,000 Years (Stay With Me) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is 5% supreme mathematics —
1/Knowledge
2/Wisdom
3/Understanding

RZA is referring to the first 3 numbers of the Supreme Mathematics of the Nation of God and Earth. it is seen as a detail of the universe (creation) and the nature of ourselves as Creator (God whose proper name is Allah). Knowledge (1) is the actual fact, the idea of truth that we use. Using it and the action of activating it for proving it is the reality of Wisdom (2). The actual insight attained, unique to the individual is their understanding (3). Here to say do the Knowledge before you do the wisdom literally means ‘think before you speak’ or ‘observe before you act.’

It’s a logical thought process, first you must gain knowledge, wisdom comes when we gain enough knowledge to know how exactly to use that knowledge in a productive way and when we do this we understand.

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