Wednesday, February 17, 2010


How many wisdoms does anyone accrue in a lifetime?

It doesn't matter if the lifetime is long or short, everyone seems to collect or formulate them. And yet, when looking back at such wisdoms, how many of them were superseded by other wisdoms or, alternatively, simply ran out of steam?

What was astounding and convincing becomes common-place or dubious; what was profound and compelling becomes shallow and mundane ... it just seems to be the way of wisdom.

An internet dictionary defines "wisdom" this way:

▸ noun: the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
▸ noun: the quality of being prudent and sensible
▸ noun: ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
▸ noun: accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
▸ noun: an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
▸ name: A surname (rare: 1 in 50000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #5844)

Wisdom may be deeply cherished or accorded a status of profound importance ... but how well does it work out?

Maybe, better than being wise, it is best just to let wisdom do the thinking.

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