Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Abundance of Wisdom: Do we Have it yet

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Digital is the age of abundance. There is an abundance of data, an abundance of information, and even abundance of knowledge. But, wisdom is at the top of knowledge life cycle: the abundance of data, information and knowledge are not automatically equal to the abundance of wisdom. Many times, wisdom is still in scarcity, for human as species to survive and thrive, wisdom is the most important thing to push the world forward. Is there any essential value, or virtue, or principle that people need to follow in life that can gain more wisdom? And do you think wisdom is the very core to make human progress?

The source of human maturity is wisdom: Those who know best how to achieve and maintain high-EQ make wise decisions. To be wiser both individually and institutionally is necessary for everyone, especially for leaders. The wisdom you need is to find value in your experience - Wisdom comes from the experience of intelligence whether it be exterior or interior. You will do self-reflection via direct experience; you can also learn from others’ experience, but always do your best for validating, not just blindly believing; and don't be afraid to take an active roll on creating that experience, so you can gain more wisdom and remember the more foolish it looks, the more there may be to learn. Decide what you are willing to put up with and let it rip and let the big U fill in the pieces to progress the story while you just make changes to the character you choose to be. To achieve wisdom, emotion has to merge with rational thought. The emotion of being in a particular situation is somehow stronger than witnessing someone else going through it though we can learn from both. Empathy as one of the ingredients in wisdom is an important factor if we are to learn from the experience of others. There're many kinds of smartness or multidimensional intelligence, besides conventionally known IQ and EQ, a wise mind is also good at SQ - Strategy Quotient; CQ - Creativity Quotient; PQ - Paradox Quotient, and more.

True wisdom comes from taming these behaviors in one’s life: Envy, hatred, greed, self-indulgence, selfishness, back-biting, rumor-mongering, placing boundaries around emotions and understating cause and effect. Wisdom is driven by a central logic that can be considered value judgment, intellectual maturity, universal love, thoughtfulness - considers consequences of one’s actions in regards to others. Wisdom is built around boundaries and definite measures of behavior as it relates to entire environmental systems that allow continuation. Wisdom then comes down to self-worth. Do to others as you wish them to do to you. But it is behavior that takes into account the entire ecosystem which includes one’s behavior. True wisdom is how you make sound judgment and positive influence to make this world a better place by fitting into a larger system of continuity. True wisdom is to bridge the old with new, and mind the gaps in such transformation.

Intelligence is knowledge. Wisdom is understanding. Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is a strength; mastering yourself is true power. Wisdom leads to putting more thought into things and searching for flaws in decisions and that widens the possibility of coming up with alternative solutions. You could be very wise or very intelligent or both. It all depends on what you do with it and how you use it. Wisdom can come from the sheer desire to know an answer and seek it through study and practice. Intelligence is that ability to deduct quickly and come to logical conclusions while wisdom is intelligence coupled with experience and emotional intelligence. Emotion comes into making wise decisions. Decisions made on a purely emotional basis can lead to unfortunate consequences, it needs to be rationalized. Wisdom is also found in discovering the path that leads to your goal and sometimes that takes a little emotional kick here and there to get you speed up to do something.

The ultimate aim of learning knowledge is to gain wisdom. And wisdom is the most crucial element to transform human society for betterness. From the wisdom, the growth has manifested in practicing kindness: Respect instead of control. Humility instead of status quo. Self-management instead of self-indulgence. Forgiveness instead of revenge.


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