In the last post, I listed several words (knowledge, understanding, sound judgment, discernment, counsel, insight) as being related to the concept of wisdom. But the question is… HOW?
It appears to me that the basic “building block” in the process of developing wisdom is knowledge. The definition of knowledge is still being debated. However, to establish some point of reference and enable the present discussion (of developing wisdom), I will offer my simple definition:
Knowledge – the accumulation of facts.
But even that simple definition is ambiguous. Who defines a “fact”? (See the philosophical debate at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge#Defining_knowledge_.28philosophy.29.) Still, some things must be accepted if we are ever to move beyond the status quo.
Knowledge is what most schools teach. Teachers & textbooks provide the facts and students are expected to memorize them. A test is given to determine whether the child can repeat the facts as they were given.
What is missing in this scenario? Leave a comment and tell us what YOU think is needed to move from knowledge to wisdom?