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Transcript of Wisdom
What is "Wisdom"?
One could say that wisdom and science have had a love-hate relationship. Some people see science as the tool through which we obtain wisdom, while some see science as a flawed practice just interested with knowledge not wisdom.
Wisdom in Religion
Although religion might not be the first place that one's mind might jump when it comes to wisdom, wisdom is an important aspect in most religions, major and minor.
Overall wisdom in relation to all walks of life can can be summed up in a quote by Sri Chinmoy.
"“What do we mean by the word ‘wisdom’? Usually we mean something superior to knowledge, something deeper. In the spiritual world, the word ‘wisdom’ is not used in that way. Here wisdom means Light, illumining Light, transforming Light. That which illumines our unlit consciousness is wisdom. That which transforms the finite consciousness into the infinite Consciousness is called wisdom.”
Synonyms: Caution, Knowledge, Experience, Sanity
Old English wīs: to know or suppose (something)
Dutch wijs: nice, fun
German weise: method, simple tune, sapiently, show, guide,
Old Norse vīss: certain, sure
In the Mesopotamian religion, wisdom was associated with magic. People who had wisdom were sorcerers and priests, and the sorcerers and priests were really looked up to.
In Judaism, the word for wisdom, "chokmah", has a second meaning of skill, which insinuates that in this religion, the two are closely tied, which is interesting considering that a lot of people seem to consider religious wisdom as a sort of transcendent wisdom
The Word Itself
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"Instead of giving priority to the search for knowledge, academia needs to devote itself to seeking and promoting wisdom by rational means, wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, wisdom thus including knowledge but much else besides"
Wisdom can be used (and has synonyms) in the intellectual (I know this) sense, or good decisions (I shouldn't do that) sense.
"Wisdom is the ability to discern and judge which aspects of that knowledge are true, right, lasting, and applicable to your life. It’s the ability to apply that knowledge to the greater scheme of life. It’s also deeper; knowing the meaning or reason; about knowing why something is, and what it means
to your life."
What truly is wisdom? Depending on who you are and where you are, the meaning is different, just like all words. It's meaning is as variable as the cultures and people who hear it.
So why do all of our examples and definitions matter? As we have hopefully demonstrated, language, especially with abstract terms, has a tendency to be a little strange, with definitions and connotations that can easily contradict each other. Although language can easily help us communicate smaller ideas, more abstract terms can easily be misunderstood when communicated. However, since not everyone can experience every abstract term, it's important that we be able to use our language to communicate about them.
Wisdom is knowledge that can be gained
by having many experiences in life
Sources 11 and 12
sources 1 to 4
source 6 and 7
Knowledge Issue Questions
Which interpretation of Wisdom do you use more often in your day to day life? Why?
What assumptions can you make about the evolution of words and their role in conveying abstract meaning through time?