“After finding zero, you might evangelize it, reaffirm it, but then, what? … ?? You can say the same… over, and over, in tighter and tighter spirals of what feel like “precision” or “success”. You can amplify and modulate with varying intensity. But ultimately, this is no summit. A choice is being made, knowingly or not”.Art Is God
“Wisdom is one of the grandest and oddest words out there, so lofty it doesn’t sound like something one could ever consciously strive to be. Nevertheless, it deserves to be an aspiration.”Alain de Botton
“Wisdom is one of those qualities that is difficult to define—because it encompasses so much—but which people generally recognize when they encounter it.”Psychology Today
“What are the components of wisdom? Wisdom encompasses cognitive components, such as knowledge and experience, reflective components, or the ability to examine situations and oneself, and prosocial components, meaning benevolence and compassion. Wisdom is connected to abilities such as perspective-taking, open-mindedness, and humility.”Psychology Today
“We believe having access to more information produces more wisdom. But, if anything, the opposite is true — more and more information without the proper context and interpretation only muddles our understanding of the world rather than enriching it.”Maria Popova
“Without wisdom, brilliance isn’t enough. A wise person is like a jazz musician — using the notes on the page, but dancing around them, inventing combinations that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand. A wise person is made and not born.”Barry Schwartz
“Knowledge is about overcoming ignorance. Wisdom is about overcoming foolishness. So you understand wisdom by understanding foolishness, and you understand foolishness as not identical to ignorance.”John Vervaeke
“Wisdom is one’s knowledge of what is true and real, one’s good judgment, and the ability to learn from one’s experiences and mistakes.”Better Help
“A crisis of wisdom as the defining crisis of our time? This diagnosis, and from a scientist and scholar at that, is unusual. Science, psychology and even the multitude of modern and postmodern therapies and social practices, have not been able to fill the vacuum.”Thomas Steininger
“Who wants to be wise anymore? People want to be right, rich, popular and in control. But wise?”Heidi Husted
“With the Enlightenment and the move to a secular world, we lost a religious worldview that homed us and gave us access to wisdom,” Vervaeke observes. “We have tried to replace that worldview with political structures and socioeconomic structures that are supposed to do the same thing. In modernity, politics is basically ideological competition. While it claims to be addressing the human pursuit of happiness, whatever that’s supposed to mean, it has degenerated into ideological competition, and it thwarts us and blinds us to the level at which we need to address the issues we’re talking about here. So, the rise of secularism and the secular state with its sociopolitical discourse and ideological competition has accelerated our disconnectedness in a profound way.”John Vervaeke
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Life is a gradual increase in confidence, until confidence finally devours itself and reveals the only truth... you know very little, and life is not as serious as it seems. Here, bliss awaits. But not the naively ignorant kind. The confidently ignorant kind.
In a world of jesters and ridicule, sincerity goes a long way.
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