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Doesn't it go a bit deeper than just 'knowing things'? If that was all there was to wisdom, it wouldn't be worth striving for.
Yes it definitely goes beyond just knowing things. That is the 'knowledge' in my answer. It's making good use of that knowledge to benefit ourselves and those around us that constitutes wisdom.
True, Sradle. Using knowledge for the good, morally, is truly wise indeed.Thanks for this lovely insight. As alancaster says though, it's implementing good judgment and experience as well...a lot of things!
It is true that an unwise person tends to cling on to his pride. He cannot accept any blow and refuses to learn the lesson. Wisdom entails benefiting from experience, as you so rightly put.
He who has wisdom does not speak for others, he speaks for himself. In other words: Why be someone else's mouthpiece if you've got a brain of your own?
The wise man recognizes that God's thoughts are higher than our own. He seeks to think God's thoughts after Him. To equate your mind/thoughts/wisdom with God's is supreme foolishness
It's how we deal with things, indeed, cam8510. When we deal with problems with an even more negative reaction, that's not wisdom at all.
Yes, it's been an uncanny day, Patty! But it also means that we are destined to be friends! Your little boy is really intelligent. Yes, it's how you think, your life experience, and being able to embrace things no matter how tough, if necessary.
True. We should always be confident of our own judgement. We never truly know everything...else we'd be omnipotent.
Being able to see things calmly, veering discomfort to comfort, determination and losing but raring to climb are all wise features, indeed.
True. I try, though not completely successfully, to refrain from comment until I assess the situation. It's this impulsive tendency we have to get over.
Yup, embracing bad habits, etc....wouldn't be wise.
Thanks for pointing out the difference between knowledge and wisdom, Astral Rose! We all have knowledge; whether we use what we know for the good is truly wise.
Yes, wisdom does not come with book knowledge alone but with experience! What we learn as we grow is the true nature of wisdom.
LOL! Thanks for the amusing anecdote at the end, Neil. Spelling can cause much confusion! I dislike it when people are judgmental and show a lack of empathy. We should all know that we don't have all the answers.
Yes, being able to judge empathically and being humble enough to understand that we do not have all the answers.
The person who thinks before acting is usually labelled stupid by those who do not see the possible implications of their actions or even see alternatives. Thus the wise person will be seen as slow and stupid. The slow deep thinkers are often wise.
Yes indeed; what comes to mind is this relatively old saying... "shallow brooks are noisy."
Thanks for the reference, Bobmonger. I have a rule I try to follow always..that we should give ourselves a time frame before answering any question or expressing views. You're so right.. it's really not so easy.
Listening...and seeing another person's views is truly wise. It is an unwise person who is quick to pass judgement because of a jaded viewpoint.
@ somethgblue - What?
I didn't understand your comment to midget38. I didn't see how midget38's comment was jaded. Clarification? Thanks!
MarleneB let me type this very s l o w l y so you can grasp the complexity of the situation. By implying another is unwise for passing judgement you are passing judgement.
How can you ask a question and argue with anyone's opinion? It's Absurd!
Yes. Embracing positivity is true wisdom.
Socialization and interpersonal skills truly make you wise.
Indeed, trying to make sense of a bad situation would be wise, Snoblet!
That's a truly wise answer, Darrell. Being positive in the application of knowledge is wise indeed. Look at the nature of war....many times, decisions made are not wise ones.
Pick your battles, that's try vveasey.
Learning from mistakes is wise!
Agree with that, Nicholas. Wisdom and knowledge is different. A person say s" I can do something because I've learned..." and when faced with the actual task, knows not at all how to get things done!
Making positive decisions and reactions, from my view, would be the wise thing to do.
Thanks for dropping by fpherj48! I like your statement that "freedom is not free..." Though we have freedom of speech, it's wise to be careful.
I like this thought....sometimes, the person only wants you to listen and not really say anything. Sometimes speaking at the wrong time has a negative effect.
Thanks dghbrh!! I agree with that, there's never an end to wisdom!
Pity that many people fail to listen before speaking. Everyone wants their turn in the limelight! Thanks for coming by, Ann!
True, wisdom is how you use knowledge.
Very eastern approach this. How about: what man fears most might do him less harm, it's the little things in life that can chisel away his security.
Didn't do her much good, did it? Two Kennedy brothers, one in charge of the FBI - might as well have been the Gestapo with McCarthy in charge - the other running the country with Kruschev looking over his left shoulder!
I know what you are trying to say. She didn't let her emotions sway her, she kept control and eyes wide open. Still, I prefer to be swept off my feet a bit, while keeping a firm grasp of reality whenever possible! :D
I think I take Marilyn Monroe's statement as being not to be too reactive to situations, listening discerningly, and knows when to leave a task before things get worse.
Hi Keith, thanks for coming by! The truly wise is calm and controlled. It's the impulsivity that's a little harder to negotiate!