Subject matter experts number in the thousands, but the wise may only number in the tens or hundreds.
And history records their names and achievements for posterity’s sake.
Sadly, history is a lengthy record of the harms wrought by knowledgeable, well-meaning people who lacked wisdom.
In contrast to knowledge, wisdom is generally considered to be morally good. Albert Einstein once said, ‘Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.’ Such a process is lengthy and arduous, which teaches the pursuer patience and humility. When one finally uncovers a connection or insight that he or she believes to be universally applicable ‘truth,’ it often inspires awe akin to a spiritual experience.
If one understands this difference, he or she will also appreciate why it is vital to properly distinguish between the two.
With the Internet, it is now relatively easy for a reasonably diligent person to quickly become knowledgeable in virtually any field of his or her choosing. But having a hammer and knowing how to use it are two entirely different propositions. Whether it is used for good or ill depends entirely on the wielder.Jiddu Krishnamurti First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone.No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Thibaut The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them.Wisdom requires no law or threat of punishment to ensure compliance.The practitioner typically feels a strong compulsion to obey his or her own beliefs. Lin Yutang Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed.You can live only in relationship, and as long as relationship is not understood, there can be no right action.I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit.When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms.The wise can still fall prey to indiscretions and questionable moral behavior–being flesh and blood like us all–however, if one tracks such statistics, the odds of such failings are likely to be very small compared to the general populace.Society esteems the wise for their virtuosity and for their rarity.