An Interesting thought that I’ve been thinking about the past few days in thinking about intelligence. When it comes to being smart, or just acquiring and using knowledge, there seem to two forms. Learning can usually be defined as making distinctions. When you learn, you see how things are different. The further you get into a subject, you understand how things are essentially not the same.
However, on the other end of the spectrum, you have what I believe is more even more important. If knowledge is about seeing how things are different, then I believe that wisdom is seeing how things are similar. Seeing how things connect. They say that the wisdom is the application of knowledge, and I agree. But, this statement is not all that useful to me. It doesn’t really provide any logic or guidance as the how to go from one to another. You can apply knowledge incorrectly. That is not wisdom.
So, it seems to me that being smart requires both. You have to have the knowledge, or understand the distinctions. But, you must also be able to make connections to apply that knowledge, too. That’s wisdom.