Wisdom

10/02/2013

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Much has been written over the ages about wisdom.  Chinese teacher, philosopher, and scholar Confucious (551–479 BC) wrote, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”  Of course, his interpretation from this quote could be understood to be knowledge about life.   There are many varying definitions for wisdom depending on the source you read.  Wikipedia’s definition is:  “a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgment as to right actions.”  This definition leans toward the definition of Confucious (i.e. right living), but it also introduces the concept of truth, suggesting that wisdom must be linked into more than mere knowledge.  It must transcend man’s knowledge into that ethereal realm of truth.

In the Merriam Webster on-line dictionary, the first listed definition (signifying that it is the most widely used sense of the word) notes that wisdom is:  “accumulated philosophic or scientific learning.” Conceiving wisdom as an accumulation of knowledge, however, is problematic since not all knowledge is wise.  For instance, the pseudo-science of phrenology which studied the shape of the skull to determine was once widely considered as a viable knowledge and would thus qualify as wisdom.  Phrenology “is based on the false assumption that mental faculties are located in brain "organs" on the surface of the brain and can be detected by visible inspection of the skull. The Viennese physician Franz-Joseph Gall (1758-1828) claimed there are some 26 "organs" on the surface of the brain which affect the contour of the skull, including a "murder organ" present in murderers.”

Not all knowledge leads to right action or a better life, so just ordinary knowledge should not be considered wisdom.  Wisdom is something that should improve one’s character, lead to better life skills, lead to a better life overall, and lead the person closer to God.  We are taught in Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”  Also, we are taught the importance of humility and choosing to do good in Proverbs 3:7:  “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.”    Proverbs 11:2 echoes this sentiment, “When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom
.”  In short, wisdom is “God knowledge” that insures right living. 

I pray that you will all be filled with His wisdom, power, and joy.

 


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08/23/2017 10:12pm

Wisdom is what people should gain but not buy. Anything which is bought is not lasted for a long time. But, the knowledge gained is for ever and ever.

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10/04/2017 2:50pm

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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