Wisdom, I suspect, emerges from the person presenting themselves in the moment without explanation, excuse, or premeditation.
And the reflecting comment from someone also there, unencumbered, and without ulterior motive.
Excerpt from Dharma Talks – Part 2
A certain priest has said, “All you do is repeat the same things day after day. You ought to give your listeners a change. Their minds will be more receptive if you throw in some stories about the Zen masters of the past.”
Dull-witted as I am, I think if I put my mind to it, I could probably remember a couple of anecdotes to tell people. But that would be like feeding them poison. I don’t want to do that.
I never cite the Buddha’s words or the words of Zen patriarchs when I teach. All I do is comment directly on people themselves. That takes care of everything. I don’t have to quote other people. So you won’t find me saying anything about either the “Buddha Dharma” or the “Zen Dharma.”
I don’t have to, when I can clear everything up for you by commenting directly on you and your personal concerns right here and now. I’ve no reason to preach about “Buddhism” or “Zen.”
Bankei (1622-1693). (March 15, 2023 DailyZen) https://www.dailyzen.com/journal/
Perhaps "comment" is indicating that when a mind (mens, mentis) is shared (co), a true reflection takes place.
As if speaking from itself.
late 14c., "explanation, spoken or written remark," from Old French coment"commentary" or directly from Late Latin commentum "comment, interpretation," in classical Latin "invention, fabrication, fiction," neuter past
participle of comminisci "to contrive, devise," from com-, here p
Is there a suggestion that it's not what or who you know, but the ability (and willingness) to reflect what is there?
Go ahead -- say a word.
Let it be the sound of what is itself emerging as itself into the presence of none other than itself.