Saturday, May 9, 2015

Three Perspectives of Human Wisdom

The world only needs what it has always needed - wisdom.

There are lots of smarts, lots of ability, and lots of attitudes - very, very little wisdom. "But how do I get wisdom?" You ask. People have asked that for millennia. You've been hearing the answer for millennia, too - you just flatly refuse to acknowledge it. What wisdom does humanity need to develop in the present day situations? Is there something we can do as common people or individuals of a society? How to gain human wisdom anyway?

Give up your ego: You know that thing where you live, your insecurities out. If we looked at the world through a lens of genuine positive intent, where you think through your decisions and actions and the ripple they create, the world would change for the better. People should develop self-awareness to bring in revolutionary thinking that can take our humanity to its glory and prove the positive aspect of "Survival Of The Fittest." If we viewed society as an opportunity to problem-solving - the biggest needs of any society then are where the power lies and the shields come down. Brands have power and dollars to help solve many issues worldwide. We individuals should get involved ourselves to help grow that responsibility down to the employee and personal level. Only then can humanity stand a chance and comprehensively see positive results. Putting our EGO aside opens the door to true human actions and interactions.

Empathy: Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So, the greatest contribution to humanity would be taking the time and the sincere effort to understand the other person. Walk in the shoes of the person you're judging. EVERYBODY has something to offer, and it is up to us to allow an equal give and take. That simple act might empower the other person and encourages them to take the next step. Just for a moment, let’s acknowledge the fact that we are ignorant and let the other person show us a different way. It could offer different viewpoint and solution. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were “reading, writing, arithmetic, and empathy."

Soundness of Judgment: Many people do wrong things, not because of ignorance, but because of poor judgment, due to the lack of comprehensive knowledge, bias, or preconceived notions. It is imperative to identify what causes manifestly intelligent people so frequently make such poor decisions. Do they lack independent thinking or critical reasoning? Do they think "too fast" without necessary "thinking slowly"? Do they focus too many trivial details, with ignorance of the big picture? Wisdom is to be understood within this context.

The ultimate aim of knowledge is wisdom. We become wise when we are humble enough to be aware of and admit what we don't know and share what we know. Wisdom and humility go hand in hand. So we can not only get older but also grow wiser.


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