Can we say that the public is wise

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    PhenomWriterposted 12 years ago

    Public, all around the world, show terrific intellectual capabilities. They only understand reason and creative thinking, nothing else!  Shakespeare pointed out this point quite a few years ago. Do you have anything to add or reject? Public is wise!

    1. Mikeydoes profile image44
      Mikeydoesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      If the public was wise this "economy" thing would not be here.

      1. manlypoetryman profile image80
        manlypoetrymanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Well said.

    2. Shinkicker profile image53
      Shinkickerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Unless they think for themselves the public will only be as wise as their socialisation, education, culture and media dictates.

      1. mom101 profile image59
        mom101posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        BINGO Shinkicker

    3. Cagsil profile image69
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Not true. Individuals show terrific intellectual capabilities. To quote the movie Men in Black- "A person is smart/intelligent, but people(as a collective) are stupid".
      They understand reason to an extent. They understand creative thinking only when they feel it is necessary to recognize it. wink
      Sure, a person will look beyond reason just to make themselves comfort or content, and create their own rationalization to justify their position.
      Nope. Not yet or at least not so far as the people of world have proven by past actions. wink

      1. QuestionMaster profile image78
        QuestionMasterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Saw the title of the thread and was going to quote that conversation from MIB. You beat me to it. smile

      2. mom101 profile image59
        mom101posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Nah nah nah.

        More often than not, if one does not think for himself,  he will not learn.

        If we, as a whole, rely on what our schools are teaching, we are doomed.

        Moon Lightened posted earlier, going against the grain brings advancements. This is true.

        You want change, then go against the "grain".  Change will happen. Be it good or bad     better or worse   who knows. But it will be different. Either way, it will also be a learning experience.

        1. Cagsil profile image69
          Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          I think this is your best reply ever. Good job.
          And there are plenty of people walking around in this world today who don't bother to think for themselves.
          In a way, in present day. But, why? I'm sure you'll find some religious reason, while myself will find a political reason.
          "going against the grain"? Has two effects- either destructive or constructive, it depends solely on the individual who is thinking outside the box.
          I do every day I wake up in the morning.
          Everything is a learning experience. There's nothing any individual cannot learn from. wink

          1. mom101 profile image59
            mom101posted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks Cags.

            Oh law, have I portrayed myself as religious? Please tell me no.

            Political, well, maybe. Just a little.

            How bout youz n mez teamin up, make a dang good ladder for them shorties to step out of that big ole square.  lol

            If one doesn't learn something each and every day, they are missing the boat.

            Everybody CAN learn.

            1. Cagsil profile image69
              Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Can = Should. That's the problem, they CAN learn, but choose not to. wink

  2. Moon Lightened profile image67
    Moon Lightenedposted 12 years ago

    If by public you mean humanity in general, I tend to disagree.  There is a pervasive herd mentality that leaves the majority a bit complacent, but there are those who do stand out.  As Steve Jobs has shown, being a bit against the grain is what brings advancements.  Even the great spiritual avatars all went against the current to evoke great changes.

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    PhenomWriterposted 12 years ago

    Very good reply Moon Lightened! I agree with you. And Mikeydoes, I will think on your words. I hope they are not going to Marx!

    Thank you both.

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    Mike Bigioniposted 12 years ago

    Some of the public is wise and some is not. Some of the wise people who make up the public make stupid mistakes. Some of the simplest of people have achieved the most remarkable things. Each person has strengths and weaknesses and some people have more strengths than others. When we all come together to form the public many of us forget about our strengths and we let fear, greed and irrationality affect our decisions. We let ourselves be misguided by the tides of emotion and as was stated, we run with the pack. So is the public wise? I don't know. What's wise?

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    PhenomWriterposted 12 years ago

    Good reply Mike; actually very good. You have brought up the key question. It is very difficult to define beauty, or biological life, or creativity. There is not a single 'perfect' definition that can explain them in totality. Nonetheless, we can appreciate when we see beauty, or biological life, or creativity. These things have a universal effect on human beings. Wisdom is not an exception.

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      Mike Bigioniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks PhenomWriter! This post was very interesting and I think you have just inspired a future post. I think and talk about these kinds of things all the time, but I never write about it. I'll have to change up my content a bit and Hubpages is a great place to start as I'm new and I find this place to be inspirational. So is the Hubpages public wise?

      1. mom101 profile image59
        mom101posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Mike, welcome to Hubpages. Here you will meet a lot of different "views".

        I have commented on a few of your posts in other forums, and from what you just posted here, i can see you are a person with a heart.

        Each person learns a little differently than the next, each person expresses a little more differently, all people come from different backgrounds/families/walks of life and so on. But, one thing we all share is ability. Some use it, some do not. Some are guided to use some are "nagged" away from. But it is there. How do we  help one to develop it?

        Again, welcome to the Hub. Great place to hang out.

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          PhenomWriterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Bring those curious students to 'hubpages forums'. Even the most crooked ones will be made knowledgeable!

          But seriously - Speaking with others with an intention to share ideas, that really helps to grow the mind.

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    PhenomWriterposted 12 years ago

    Some of the people who write at HubPages are definitely very brilliant people, if not geniuses. But the thing is, once you spend more time here, you will figure out how wise the entire community is. The reason you are finding this place inspirational, may lie elsewhere, and not in the HubPages public.

    Nonetheless, it's a good place for creative expression. And the team who run this website is awesome. Have a good time here!

    One thing: beware of sockpuppets. HubPages has some of them.

  7. SpanStar profile image62
    SpanStarposted 12 years ago

    Is society wise?

    Wise (wisdom) defined:

    having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.

    As I see it some good response to the question.

    I personally would have to say society is not wise. One need only look around and see the disparity of wealth. Considered the many years of racial separation as can be easily viewed by community after community.

    The tragedy of 9/11 is still hotly debated as to the real factors that led up to this tragedy.

    With the many outrageous police brutality acts on its citizens are  they working for the community or themselves?

    Is the Tea  Party good for the country or bad for the country?

    One of the definitions explaining when it comes to being wise is:

    having the power of discerning and judging properly.

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      PhenomWriterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Great reply SpanStar!

      1. HattieMattieMae profile image61
        HattieMattieMaeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Creative minds actually created the negative experiences we are all living. What you think you create, what you reason you create. As the creator, or author ones own country or life we either choose to create negativity, hate, bigotry, poverty, being rich, positive, or kind. We are only to blame when we co-create negativity and follow along with the downward spiral, and never go up! smile

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          PhenomWriterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Who had the ladder? tongue

          ...I am still here, under the cat's-eye, Spiritweaver. smile


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