What is Wisdom?

2018-10-23 23:39:30

What exactly is wisdom? Here is what I know based on common usage. If I am wrong, please correct me.

Wisdom is not intelligence, because there are many intelligent people who are quite foolish.

Wisdom has something to do with the truth. We call people who have knowledge of the truth but yet cannot accept it (internalization) foolish.

Wisdom is not necessarily associated with thinking well. We can talk about the wisdom of how the human body is made, even though the human body doesn't think.

Paul Graham, in Is it Worth Being Wise, defines wisdom as knowing what to do in a broad range of situations, and doing it. He contrasts it to intelligence, which he defines as being really knowledgeable in limited numbers of situations.

  • Paul Graham, in Is it Worth Being Wise, defines wisdom as knowing what to do in a broad range of situations, and doing it. He contrasts it to intelligence, which he defines as being really knowledgeable in limited numbers of situations.

    2018-10-24 00:41:26