ADF Dedicant Path Documentation – The Nine Virtues – Wisdom

Wisdom

 “Good Judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate about and decide on the correct response.” – Our Own Druidry

 “The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.” – Dictionary.com

Wisdom is about more than collecting facts and figures.  It is more than being “smart”.  It is the right application of gained knowledge.  I see wisdom as active and knowledge as passive.  Knowledge is a collection of information.  A vast mental library built through study, one’s own life experience, and the observation of others experiences.  It is static.  Having wisdom or being wise is opening the books and drawers of the mind, blowing the dust off the tomes and putting the knowledge into practice.  It is making connections between seemingly disparate experiences to resolve new issues that have presented themselves.  It is looking at a situation or individual, comparing and contrasting them to the stored data in order to discern the correct reaction or course of action. This is exemplified by a popular internet quote; “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not adding it to a fruit salad.”  While this is a humorous example it illustrates that while you may “know” something on a subject you have to do something with the knowledge to move to the realm of wisdom.

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