Wisdom

Part 3 of 10 in the series Virtues

Wisdom is a sense of coherence and wholeness. Erik Eriksson

Wisdom comes through the contemplation and experience of compassion, unity and integrity.  

Consider how you would view someone who has good judgment, loves learning, has a good perspective  with a balanced life, is creative and curious, and can be relied upon to give sensible advice.

These are the virtue characteristics of wisdom.

Wisdom is the fitting application of knowledge. Knowledge understands the light has turned red; wisdom applies the brakes. Knowledge sees the quicksand; wisdom walks around it.

Virtue of Wisdom

Strengths that accompany this virtue involve acquiring and interpreting experience:

  • Connectedness and compassion
  • Creativity (e.g. Albert Einstein’s creativity led him to acquire knowledge and wisdom about the universe)
  • Curiosity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Love of Learning and Growth
  • Perspective and Wisdom (Fun fact: many studies have found that adults’ self-ratings of perspective and wisdom do not depend on age, which contrasts the popular idea that our wisdom increases with age)
  • Non-judgment but a willingness to listen with the intent to support, rather than give advice

To simplify: The more connected, curious and creative you allow yourself to become, the more you gain perspective and wisdom, and you will in turn love more while developing the virtue of wisdom.

 

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