Philosophy and wisdom

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As we get older we tend to get more philosophical. It is as though God releases a little more of this ability within us as we age. It has little to do with education, but I suspect a lot to do with intelligence. For although cognitive processes slow down with age, perception continues to grow. We get wiser as we age and that is God-given, not learnt in a classroom.

A young boy once asked me what is wisdom. If I study hard I should get wise very quickly! Then after a brief conversation that failed to enlighten the boy, the boy said “if you can’t tell me what wisdom is then I assume you don’t have any”!

I replied that wisdom is beyond description, but at some stage later in your life you will begin to understand it. It is something that you feel through life’s experience and until you understand this you have little. After that he was running around like a child excited about Christmas! You can get smart through study, but to get wise you have to live long. Naturally he did not understand this, as there was a time I did not myself! It doesn’t just automatically hit you when you pass a certain age, it is a gradual process as we age. I don’t even recall my first thoughts on being conscious of any degree of wisdom. In fact it was only when I started discovering that my knowledge grown from perception and reasoning, particularly on philosophical argument, was in line with what higher levels of education were promoting that I felt I was gaining a little wisdom!

There are some things in life we do better in our youth and other things we are better at as we age. Philosophy is better understood as we age. Life teaches us things and our intelligence questions these things. There is a reason to respect our elders and it is not just for their sacrifice in bringing us up, but for their God-given wisdom! Who better to guide us along the path of life than a wise person!

Sure it will not help in the beginning of your career as a youth, but once you understand philosophy and people—and that comes with age and living, then your career can take a giant leap. It is not to say that it will, it seems other skills are required to show you how to profit from your understanding and wisdom. However wisdom should show us the path to certain prosperity through our passion for what we undertake.

Desiderata; a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), made into a song that made the UK hit charts in 1972. Hear it here on YouTube: Desiderata sung Desiderata read

Written by Gavin Lardner CC BY 2011.


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