Compare and Contrast on Knowledge and Wisdom

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Compare and Contrast on Knowledge and Wisdom

By | December 2012
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Though knowledge and wisdom may seem alike, they are really very different. They actually only have two things in common - they both involve the mind and both are hard to acquire. Someone who has knowledge would know that a tomato is a fruit, but someone who had wisdom would know not to put them in a fruit salad. Anyone can obtain knowledge about anything, but only some can use that knowledge and apply it in the best way.

Knowledgeable people spend most of their time planning out exactly when something should happen and just how long it has to take. And after they have completed the task of planning everything they spend the rest of their time accomplishing everything on their list; the only thought in their minds is that everything at one time or another has to be completed. Wise people are aware of the fact that you can only plan so much and the rest should be done when time allows. They know that it is not only impossible to plan every moment that one is awake, but that this is equally an ineffective way to live one's life. Wise people also know that not everything can be done in the time allotted, and that you must use your time for business as well as pleasure.

In summary, knowledgeable people and wise people may have the same amount of intelligence and may be equally smart, but there is still a huge difference between the two. Knowledgeable people know more often when and where, but wise people know more of the reasons, how something happened and why it is significant. For example, in the case of a personal tragedy, a knowledgeable person would know what was supposed to be said and when, but a wise person would know what needed to be said and how, already knowing the why. The most direct difference between wisdom and knowledge is this: knowledge is only information, until it is successfully retained in one's mind. Without a brain, knowledge is simply information, whereas the application of knowledge, or wisdom, cannot exist without a...
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