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Does wisdom still have currency today?

How should we handle difficult problems? How do we decide what particular car, or tv, or fridge to choose from the countless different brands? What parameters are important? What priorities should we set? Would that be a clue to wisdom?

Of course we can simply use one of the myriad of magazines or on-line sites that review, test, consider and mark. But then what about the bottom line - and what is the bottom line for us? Price, value, image, performance, reliability, ethical standing?
Would that be a clue to wisdom?

Somehow we make decisions, hundreds of them, we have to, since we are bombarded by choice. We become adept at making decisions about the smallest things as well as the big issues. Is this ability wisdom? The ability to decide when to trust the opinion of others, while weighing this against the things we can test for ourselves, and applying our own standards of aesthetics and our own judgment.

Maybe it is wisdom if, in taking these decisions, we take into account not merely our own desire, but also the impact they may have on others, and the consequences that this may have on a sustainable future for those who will come after us.

What do you think? How would you define wisdom?

And why is wisdom not a word used frequently these days? Could it be that we have yet to value the contribution it has made historically, and tend to feel that it might cramp our style?

So would we expect an ultimate being, God, to be wise? And if so, how would that wisdom be manifested?


Colin Veysey, 04/10/2010

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David Simpson 01/01/2011 21:44
Proverbs 8v11
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

I thought rubies are not that expensive are they? Well real rubies are rare and very expensive..........
Record $3.6 million for a ruby at Christies.....A record selling price for ruby was set at Christie’s in St. Moritz on February 15 2009 when an 8.62 carat cushion-cut ruby realized a price of $425,000 per carat.

Proverbs 9v10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Is it a currency that can be ignored?
William Ray (Guest) 17/03/2011 21:54
How should we handle difficult problems? How do we decide what particular car, or tv, or fridge to choose from the countless different brands? What parameters are important? What priorities should we set? Would that be a clue to wisdom?

Of course we can simply use one of the myriad of magazines or on-line sites that review, test, consider and mark. But then what about the bottom line - and what is the bottom line for us? Price, value, image, performance, reliability, ethical standing? Would that be a clue to wisdom?

“I think wisdom may be using a combination of these sources within a given time, simply because, after a certain amount of time what may be defined as wisdom can be lost. In my experience people try hard to quantify value, so perhaps wisdom is reflected in good value.”

Somehow we make decisions, hundreds of them, we have to, since we are bombarded by choice. We become adept at making decisions about the smallest things as well as the big issues. Is this ability wisdom? The ability to decide when to trust the opinion of others, while weighing this against the things we can test for ourselves, and applying our own standards of aesthetics and our own judgment.

“I think the ability to give value to reason for both large and small issues illustrates a degree of wisdom. How people are recognised for their wisdom differs from person to person, though in wider society could be loosely demonstrated by education and employment.”

Maybe it is wisdom if, in taking these decisions, we take into account not merely our own desire, but also the impact they may have on others, and the consequences that this may have on a sustainable future for those who will come after us.

What do you think? How would you define wisdom?

“In simple terms, I think wisdom is reflected in the value put in to time, reasoning and respect.”

And why is wisdom not a word used frequently these days? Could it be that we have yet to value the contribution it has made historically, and tend to feel that it might cramp our style?

“This could be the impression of wisdom you get, though if you have it, others will probably share it. Peoples’ values are always changing and they seek wisdom from places that are obvious points of reference. Television and radio for example, need little effort to be used as a reference for wisdom.”

So would we expect an ultimate being, God, to be wise? And if so, how would that wisdom be manifested?

“An ultimate God would need wisdom to deal with the complexities of the universe. Such complexities as defined by science could take an infinite amount of time. So perhaps wisdom, is understanding an ultimate God’s values with real modern day human context.”

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