5 thoughts on “idle musing”

  1. I’ve always viewed wisdom as the ability to apply knowledge. OED says:

    Capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct; soundness of judgement in the choice of means and ends; sometimes, less strictly, sound sense, esp. in practical affairs.

  2. Knowledge can be acquired – wisdom can only be learned. You could swallow an entire library-full of encyclopaedias and still not be wise; equally, you could be both illiterate and innumerate but be immensely wise. This is not to say that prolonged immersion in a knowledge-environment might not allow some people (such as your humble narrator) on occasions to appear wise: however, I definitely find it to be true that “the more you learn the less you know”, and that a fundamental part of the path to wisdom is developing an understanding of the boundaries of your own knowledge.

  3. This might just be the way my brain works, but I reckon that wisdom is the ability to glean context and adapt accordingly. This requires knowledge but more importantly it requires connecting together the different bits of knwoledge correctly – as with many things, the real value is in the connections, not necessarily the thing itself.

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