The wise and knowledgeable man
Wisdom is also often connected with intelligence and in a way, it’s true. Wisdom is shown when a person is able to create good decisions, sound decisions, and smart decisions. And in order for you to use your wisdom in making choices, there has to be some intelligence present. You have to learn and know some basic facts, before you can properly discern which path to follow.
LEARNING HOW TO USE YOUR BRAIN
Imagine going out and buying the most powerful computer in the world. You stagger home with it, hoping that it will do everything for you, even write your letters. Unfortunately, you have no instruction manual and you don’t know the first thing about computers. So, it’s just sitting there on the kitchen table, staring back at you. You plug it in, fiddle around with the keyboard, walk around it, kick it, and remember how much it cost. Try as you might, you can’t get the stupid thing to work. It’s much the same with your brain.
There are various ways of getting it to work, some based on theory, some on practice. They include the following but are not limited to the above:
Meditate and Know Yourself First: In order to create sound decisions about your life, it is of the utmost importance to first know yourself. Who are you? What motivates you? What things will benefit or harm you? What matters to you the most? These are some of the things that you should know by heart before you can make wise decisions. To achieve this, you need to reflect and take time to know yourself. Find a quiet spot (at home, school, or outdoors) and clear your thought. Only in peace and quiet can you meditate and ponder on yourself and your life.
Make connections among different subjects: Wisdom comes in parts, from the recognition of the deep interconnectedness of things: people, places, history, ideas, and life. So, start looking for those connections in what you learn and experience.
Read good books: Both fiction and non-fiction provides a rich source of wisdom that you can use for insight. In particular, great books which have withstood the test of time are some of the best sources for wisdom. Consider reading some great works of literature as well as works of philosophy and history.
Challenge the Way You Think: Just like when you’re studying something new, you can also do certain activities that will challenge the way you think. Brain games like Sudoku, puzzles, and Word Hunts are a great way to increase wisdom because they also force your brain to do some exercise. However, it’s important to note that once you’ve mastered one type of activity, you need to move on to something new. If you’re already a genius at number puzzles, try visual ones next time. These will increase your logic and speed up the way your brain processes things. Aside from games, you can also apply this to everyday situations like, new ways to cook certain foods. The key is to challenge what is normal in how you think.
Make Mistakes: Experience makes us wiser. Our mistakes makes us better people in a lot of different ways. So, don’t be afraid to take risks and commit errors. When we make mistakes, we learn faster and more permanently.
Travel: Finally, a good way to enhance your perspective in life is to travel. See different people, places, physical features and you will gain a universal perspective which will help your cultivation of wisdom.
If there’s one thing that you should aspire to have more of, it’s wisdom…