Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wisdom

I'm going to paraphrase here, so forgive me for oversimplification. Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, was asked who was the wisest person. After going from one professional to another, he came to the conclusion that he was the wisest man because he understood that he did not know everything about everything. That is wisdom. As human beings we are forever learning.
Wisdom is not learned through a textbook. It is learned through experience, trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows, successes and failures. Most of one's wisdom comes from going through a situation, learning the particulars, positive or  negative, and carrying that knowledge to another situation that may be similar, so one does not make the same mistake or so one can revisit the joy.
Wisdom is gained when one becomes introspective, analytical, and evaluative. Every relationship teaches a lesson. It is important that we think (there is the key word), "what did I learn about myself from this relationship?" Every occasion, good or bad, teaches us about ourselves. Every situation, positive or negative, teaches us what to avoid and what to welcome.
Yet, there are times when each of us fail to learn the value of the lesson. We carry on without learning anything at all, and then repeat faulty behavior, never gaining wisdom from the experience.
Socrates was the wisest man, for he knew that one does not stop learning till one stops breathing. No one can know everything about everything. We can only hope to gain knowledge and wisdom everyday as we live each day. I have a wonderful sign in my classroom. It states, "What new information did you learn today?" I think that says it all.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
- Stephen Hawking

People that believe they know all the answers without researching the matter at hand often become opinionated rather than informed. These same people tend to be bigoted and riddled with prejudice, causing them to hate many things they know virtually nothing about, all based on their personal feelings. In this day and age, with our ever extending reach and volume upon volume of readily available information, ignorance is a choice, and a stupid one at that.

The cure for ignorance is education, unfortunately there is no cure for stupidity.

Jason Poirier

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with what was said here. Wisdom is the effect of learning, and to be wise one must continue to learn. I love learning new things; I spend a lot of my time just browsing the internet learning random things. I do not do this because I have to, but because I enjoy the act of learning new things.

Natala Orobello said...

I agree and love the quote "The greatest enemy of knowlege is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowlege." That is arrogance and excessive pride. Socrates realized that most of his contemporaries were guilty of believing they knew everything about everything.