Monday, February 09, 2009
We possess more knowledge about our world today than ever before and we have unlimited access to this information. In this world we place much value on knowledge. We spend money and years in the pursuit of degrees, diplomas and certificates to give us knowledge that society says is essential for our success.
Without a doubt, knowledge gained serves to benefit us but what about wisdom, how does it compare to knowledge and is there a difference? Such high worth has been put on the attainment of knowledge that we sometimes find ourselves in a mindset seeking more and more information above anything else. More information will not hurt us but consider the quality of information we get. Too often we care more about “did you hear about the latest?” than “what insight can you share that is truth?” The truth is that we know more than what we understand. That is the difference about wisdom – it gives us good judgment, perspective, insight and understanding of what is real.
Knowledge is communicable but wisdom must be gained from experience. Moreover, wisdom is gained from a lifelong experience. Knowledge acts as a messenger and a precursor to call on wisdom, but this by no means can be regarded as equivalent to wisdom. Wisdom is experiential; it is a truth one recognizes in the external world that already exists in the internal self (ie: values we live by). Wisdom teaches us what works and what does not while knowledge teaches us to use our senses, to observe and evaluate things or events around us. Consider both to be of importance and when the two are balanced this makes for a better life.
Wisdom in this writers opinion comes from not just experience but listening to ones internal self. It is something that cannot be taught and therefore is of high importance because it connects us to the heart of our emotional and spiritual being. Being wise implies, ‘having or showing experience, knowledge and good judgment’. Without embracing wisdom and just living to gain more information and knowledge we fall in love with our ambitions, desires and of course deadlines. Living life to the fullest, enjoying what we feel and respecting our emotions should not be forgotten along the way. A life with meaning, complete with values and a certain level of wisdom should be sought after along with knowledge. It is not about what you know but what you do with what you know. Go into your lives today and tomorrow, use your knowledge to create good judgment and set yourself up to experience more that life has to give and you will gain wisdom. Wisdom comes from a higher level of thinking, embracing your internal self and by experiencing what life has to offer. Like a rock, this is a solid foundation in which to build a life upon.
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."
-Jesus (Matthew 7:24-27)