Knowledge and Wisdom

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Gary Oak
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Have you ever heard the saying, "A wise man learns from experience; a wiser man learns from others experience”? While I can’t find who coined this saying myself, one word comes to my mind—wisdom. Dictionary.com defines wisdom as: the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. After reading the definition above we can agree wisdom is dynamic and deep word; however, I feel that wisdom can be explained in simpler terms. Wisdom is the experience that you gain going through life and obstacles. As you age you experience all sorts of situations—good and bad—these experiences are the key to wisdom. “These days’ people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.” Quoted by the successful Rugby footballer Vernon Cooper, this statement brings up an excellent point, knowledge and wisdom, while stated as synonyms of each other, are very different. Wisdom is the journey of life experiences and way you grasp those hidden opportunities and apply them to your own life moving forward. While knowledge is process of actively learning through reading forms including education and/or study. The knowledgeable man can be the Harvard student who has always worked hard on his or her studies and is well educated. The wise man could be the former troublesome juvenile, who through years of many diverse life experiences, has developed into a successful adult—rich or poor. “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” -Samuel Smiles. Abraham Lincoln once said: “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” In a perfect world one should be motivated to live their life with the keen eye to analyze life and cherry pick all opportunities’ to become a wiser person....
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