I guess my question is relative to different stages of life. When we're younger we constantly learn new things and facts to help us graduate into adulthood. Then there are our twenties and thirties, but life really starts taking on a whole new meaning once we reach our fifties. For me, ego, pride and being defined by my career is no longer a priority in life. So is that wisdom or have I just gotten smarter?
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Most of the people that lead countries into wars, companies into bankrupcy, nations into deficits, etc. are over sixty. Where is the wisdom in that?
Wisdom is for those who learn from the past and use their experiences for the betterment of others
I think you have gotten to the root of the subject. With age comes experience and even though we are out of school, we do keep learning. But it is the experience of the things we did right, the mistakes we made & things we see add to our "wisdom/
Actually, I do think you can increase the activity in your brain. The more dendrites you create by doing things differently, or learning new things, the more pathways you create to make more synapes fire and make more connections.
I would say you are wise for becoming more knowledgeable...
Insurance people will tell you "a youthful person tends to be risky hence draws higher premiums, while on the other hand, an elderly person is tempered and less likely to get into trouble"
Wisdom and true knowledge are intrinsic to intelligence. The accumulation of data without analysis is neither wisdom, nor knowledge.
Understood, which is why I denoted "facts and figures" and contrasted the difference between having them and properly utilizing them... :)
Now that I'm in my 60s I find I have more questions than answers. I've known many with advanced degrees and not an iota of social grace nor the ability to exercise common sense.