Wisdom of Realization

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Lesson 15

The wisdom of realization

One can say that wisdom can truly be found through a realization in one own life and even through suffering. In Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie”, we see that both main characters Morrie Schwartz and King Lear gain wisdom through realizations of certain aspects of life and through their own personal sufferings. Both Morrie and Lear gain wisdom firstly through suffering. Morrie gains wisdom through suffering physically from ALS and having to come to terms that he is no longer independent and never will be. While Lear must suffer through the fact that perhaps those he thought loved him the most, didn’t love him at all and the one person who did love him he cast away. Secondly they both gain wisdom by realizing that material goods truly do not but you happiness. Morrie is able to realize this quite quickly as his body begins to continuously decay. While King Lear takes some time to come to terms with it, he too rejects material things and begins to wear fewer clothes in order to become closer to nature. Finally we also see both characters gain wisdom through death. Morrie comes to realize soon after his diagnosis that he must treat dying as a learning experience where he can share with Mitch and eventually to a much bigger audience. King Lear gains wisdom through the death of his youngest daughter Cordelia’s. Before his death he learns of Cordelia’s and realizes that she truly was the only one who loved him and we perhaps see that he realizes that life isn’t worth living if you don’t have anyone who truly loves you the way she loved him. Therefore wisdom can only truly be found through enlightenment and\or tragedy. While suffering may sometimes bring physical and mental anguish it can also bring a light to see the end of the tunnel.

One can say that through suffering one can emerge victorious and be even stronger physically and\or emotionally than before. This is true for...
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