If you spend time watching mainstream broadcasting, there is a possibility that you may experience anxiety, concern, and think that the world is falling apart.
We now live in an age where almost everything is a finger’s touch away. The newspapers, the TV channels, the internet are all filled to the brim with news about revolutions in different parts of the world, dictatorships, mass murders, and clash of personalities and opinions.
I wonder if we are drowning in the constant barrage of information. I am definitely overwhelmed by all this info. What’s legit? What is true? Who do I trust?
But am I the only one who feels this way? I think not.
Agreed that we’re well-versed and more educated than our ancestors and yet, we’re the most anxiety-plagued, depression-ridden individuals today.
I feel that something is missing in this overload of information and that something is wisdom.
Wisdom not only about what you know and see, but also the ability to differentiate and judge which aspects of that information is true, accurate, lasting, and applicable to your life.
Wisdom implies listening. Unfortunately most young people today only want to be heard. They do not have the patience to listen and learn. They don’t realize that you can’t learn with your mouth opening.
The cliché ‘Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future’ is so true. If you had parents who always wanted to see the company you kept, you were very lucky. They knew the importance of being surrounded by wise people – people of integrity who live with passion and meaning.
The past is for learning, not living. Wise people remember and learn from the past. But they never live there. They want to make America great again, but that needs progressive governance, not regressive ideas. This is why the world is desperate for wise people.
We react to political or economic sluggishness with rage at the stupidity of those who lead us. We are unwilling to tolerate that human societies are hugely complex machines. A leader needs to be a visionary not a short sighted greedy politician who has vested interests.
The unhappiness of relationships is quickly attributed to being with the wrong person. The courage and strength to form solid relationships is understanding how to make a relationship work and that requires both parties willing to fight for the relationship.
When we meet a stranger, we do not ask them about their ancestors, their religion, or the place they grew up in. We ask them, first and foremost, what they ‘do’, for it is our work that has, more than anything else, come to be seen as the basis of our individuality.
Our society sadly lacks a powerful, wide reaching and reliable institution for promoting a compassionate perspective on life. Today we inhabit a culture that is more interested in humiliating those whose lives have already gone badly wrong.
High ambitions and romanticism can ruin our chances of maintaining decent, realistic relationships in the world we actually live in.
Nature is perhaps the supreme teacher of the idea of wisdom : a tree sprouts its first buds, it then blossoms into a leaf; then its fruit ripen and fall; the leaves then change colour , wither and are blown away by the wind in autumn , leaving the branches bare, until its spring again. Just understanding the recurrent patterns of nature demonstrates us to appreciate the structure of our own lives.
Wisdom happens when you take knowledge and apply it in such a way that it adds meaning and has an impact on your life. Age is another irrelevant factor in life smarts. Some people garner wisdom sooner than others, that’s why they are called old souls, since they are quicker to learn what leads to a better life. You will never meet a wise person who isn’t humble. As you grow in wisdom, you grow in awe, reminding you how little you know. Wise people can see the positive side of a negative situation.
Wisdom must be able to guide and instruct you in areas which are beyond your understanding and capacity. Wisdom must harmonize your life. It will establish the priorities of your life and bring you back into right relationship with yourself and with everyone around you.
Sadly we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it. We can be wise, but still miss the deeper meaning.
What do you think?