I think silence & speaking when it is needed is very appreciated by people.
Also the ability to give a good example from real life is important.
A wise person will always listen first then speak or do after much thought; this requires patience, empathy, and sometimes even courage. The wise person is aware of their surroundings and has a realistic view of the world they live in; this requires sobriety and discipline, even perseverance. A wise person does not look down on their fellow man but sees them in the true light of their persons; this requires compassion and charity, even pity.
I could go on, but I think you get the gist of where I'm going.
For further references I would suggest the Old Testament book of Proverbs which goes into great detail on the subject.
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.
Michelle, today is a very uncanny day for us between our Hubs and this question...my youngest son asked me today what wise meant because he heard a neighbor use the word and wanted to make sure it wasn't an insult...lol
Wisdom to me is a thought process, a way a person thinks, the knowledge they surround themselves with, life experience, and an open mind. A person can show wisdom through writing, speaking, listening carefully, as well as what Taleb80 and Opulent1 stated they way they live.
You show Amazing Wisdom through your Haiku!!! You always leave your readers with something to think about!!
Marilyn Monroe said it: "A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left."
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!
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.
What shows that a person has wisdom is that they are no longer determined to learn things the hard way,
But are willing to learn from the experiences of others, as well as their own lessons.
The after-effects of a wise person's advice, is the only true way to test whether someone has wisdom or not.
I have always defined wisdom this way; 'Wisdom is the well executed application of knowledge'.
It is a simple matter for man to acquire massive amounts of knowledge in our technological age. Knowledge has no value without wisdom. Wisdom tells us how to use the knowledge we have accumulated. When we use it ethically, morally and consider the spiritual implications of how we use it, knowledge becomes wisdom.
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!
Learning from your mistakes...
I don't know of a man that would have left Marilyn Monroe ;-)
A wise man would have never gotten involved in the first place, heh.
Not my type but I know what you mean if you substitute Lucy Liu
Yup, it is learning from trial and error. It wouldn't be wise not to try either!
Wisdom is the ability to see life the way God does. So the person that shows that they have wisdom is the person that is able to communicate God's viewpoint to others.
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
Wisdom is experience combined with understanding. The crappy thing about wisdom, is when you choose to define it, you're going to end up calling someone else less wise. Everyone has the potential for wisdom, it's simply based off the lessons you learn through personal experience. How you interpret what actually happened, what's happening next and where it's going.
What shows a person has it? Are they reacting to, or deciding what's next?
I think wisdom is relative to each individual. When we go about discerning whether a person is wise or not, then we start judging them. When I reflect on my own self, I see that sometimes I am wise and sometimes I am plain ignorant. When I make the determination for myself, that's wise. But, when other people make that determination for me, then that's just being critical.
I think the ability to listen to others and only speak when they feel they have something valuable to contribute shows true wisdom. I think that small children speak all the time, the truly wise mainly listen... and everyone else is somewhere in between!
There have been many wise answers . . . not to replace them, but to add another important factor, a wise person does not take him or herself too seriously, and will laugh at herself rather than at someone else.
Wisdom is when a person knows how to use his or her knowledge without causing harm to other being. A gun can kill...that is knowledge! Whether a person uses it to kill a person or a non-human animal or not requires wisdom.
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That they live a life of joy and are an encouragement to those around them.
I believe a person's wisdom is best demonstrated by the nature of their interactions with other people.
Wisdom is a combination of knowledge and understanding how to use that knowledge in everyday life and decisions. The life of a wise person, while not without problems, is characterized by dealing with issues promptly and in a way that promotes a return to stability in his own life as well as in the lives of others he effects.
I believe that a person shows wisdom when they truly listen to someone's words and calmly gives an answer. I believe that when one shows calmness in their words, they know what to say and how to say it; hence, wisdom
Being able to ask good questions, love life itself for all it is, and bring a smile to another persons face in difficult times...... and most importantly to see life without judgement. Acceptance of both self and others, while continually working at self improvement and encouragement towards others..
Those are some of the characteristics of a wizdom. - Oh and spelling fonetically kounts as well! Wizdom!
What shows that a person has wisdom, is if their capable of correctly judging the true value, worth, meaning or importance of a situation, person, place, thing, decision or choice, and the benefit or detriment associated with those things they've judged..
Wisdom, I think is a lifelong venture and an endless adventure.
The Buddha defined wisdom as the doing what is beneficial to everyone, even when it is hard and painful, and not doing that which is harmful to anyone, even when it is fun or easy.
The first signs of wisdom, I think, are spaciousness, humility, and humor. So if a man or woman is laughing, listening, and accepting you as you are, you have, perhaps, met wisdom.
Wise people are always respectful, even when they disagree. Wise people are happy except when faced with a genuine cause for grief. Wise people are not stressed out. When wise people speak, they are sure that each word is true, kind, and necessary. (That may mean they don't say very much!)
What shows that a person has wisdom? What a question! Horns at the front of their head. What shows a lack of wisdom is looking for them, they're probably the horns of a dilemma the wise person avoided being stuck on.
Hard to see by looking at anyone how wise they are - wise enough to survive in the storm-tossed sea of problems. Go to the man at the top of the mountain and ask him, unless he doesn't look wise enough to you. Stuck, aren't you? After that great long climb you might as well get something out of it. Ask him anyway,
'Are you wise?' Who's going to say no?
Thanks for coming by, alancaster. True that everyone always thinks they are wise...and the one who avoids problems is truly not so. Thanks for the insights and answer!
I believe wisdom comes from living life and the lessons we have learned over time. I would like to think any of us getting on in years have some kind of wisdom. We are all still learning as time goes by. What we can contribute to others may not be anything we found in book learning, but what we found as trial and error as we live our lives. Wisdom comes as we age.
I guess understanding the cause and effects from experience or experience of others through history. But the whole point is understanding I guess.
The application of your knowledge at the right time bringing about a positive out come. Knowing what to do, where to dot it, when to do it, how to do it and why it needs to get done.
Wisdom can be displayed in a person's traits and reactions. By thinking before they speak, not flying off the handle; being able to inject humor in an uncomfortable situation, putting others at ease; having perseverance to see a project through to completion, being able to lose gracefully knowing that "every dog has his day" and most of all, taking responsibility for his or her own life. That I think is the kind of person I would call "wise".
Knowledge Speaks, Wisdom Listens-JH
Meaning those willing to listen to all view points without forming an argument, defense or resentment against it. Learning to show patience and tolerance of all humans and their belief's. Learning to give unconditional Love to every human being while accepting them.
Learning to forgive yourself and think of others first.
If one Loves the Creator one need not fear the Creator.
Fear is the Mind Killer.
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!
My grandmother used to say:
"The wise man learns from other people's mistakes,
The smart man learns from his own mistakes,
While the stupid man never learns at all."
A wise person listens more than he talks. The Bible says that the beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord. So those people who have respect for their Creator, have at least the beginning of wisdom.
Someone has wisdom when they can perform a task instead of "knowing" how to do it.
Socrates-"You know how to clean a windshield right?"
Socrates- "Wisdom is doing it"
Dan and Socrates- "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"
"Knowledge is not the same as wisdom"-Socrates
Knowing when to speak and when to remain silent. Realizing that when you do speak, not everyone will listen.......and that of all those who listen....some will not agree....yet accepting the disagreement with grace and respect.
"Wisdom," is understanding...that having rights, doesn't mean we're always right.....that freedom is not free......and that "LOVE, only conquers all," when it is shared Universally.
Wisdom is knowing that winning is not everything, but that giving it your all....IS. That failure, although humbling, NEVER FAILS to teach us a better way, if we allow it.
Wisdom is knowing when you've said enough.
Peace, ...........Paula Jamison-Michalek/08/31/2012 "Effer"
Through listening of what the person is saying, you will know that he/she is wise. I always believe in listening when a person is talking with others and I can sense if that person is having wisdom.
A person who knows that wisdom is an ongoing process has wisdom in true sense.
Nice question, Michelle:-)
Only the wise can behold wisdom and see it for what it is...
Wisdom and knowledge are inseparable.
For one, a wise person doesn't make a habit of making asinine comments, and they tend to learn from their mistakes while not acting like a pompous imbecile on a regular basis? Ha!
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