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How to Be Wise Without Knowledge

As the saying goes, knowledge is power. When we think of wise people, we often tend to think of people that are extremely knowledgeable - people that can talk a lot about any subject because they know so much. Then there are people who think they know a lot and therefore talk a lot, of rubbish! It's then no wonder that when people talk with knowledge we tend to think that they are wise. However, being wise doesn't necessarily mean that you need to know everything and have a master's degree in literature or something of that sort!

Have you ever noticed that wise people don't always speak? If you have a group of people that are chatting and there is the one that doesn't talk that much, there is a often a tendency for people to not think that they are unwise - meaning that one is more inclined to think that they are wise, simply because that person doesn't speak unwise words!

So then how does one be wise without knowing everything? It is actually very simple to be wise without knowing everything - you don't need the world of knowledge at your fingertips. Sometimes you can think to yourself that you made a wise decision and that decision was merely based on either logic or common sense!

Sam Levinson (an actor, writer and director) said the following:

"It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it."

This explains the principle very well! It also reflects on that person in the crowd that doesn't say much and if they do, it's usually something clearly thought through, based on what they have heard or observed.

Sure, there are many ways to be wise or to make yourself wise. These include the obvious such as getting a degree. Although, this doesn't necessarily make you wise - it makes you knowledgeable. The definition of wisdom is based on the application of the knowledge you have. If you know what the right thing is to say but choose to say something else, that is unwise, although you have the knowledge! So knowledge itself wont make you wise - you need to be able to apply that knowledge in the correct way.

Hanging around wise people also wont make you wise - wisdom is not like a cold or flu that is contagious to those in the vicinity! You need to ask questions and listen to the answers, but at the same time decide for yourself what the truth is. Be careful who you listen to.

In conclusion, you dont need the world of knowledge to be wise. All you need to do is to not say unwise things - think about what effect your words will have on others. Think before you speak and wisdom will come in the form of no unwise words spoken.

Street Talk

Okay Ryan. I like it, and I love the idea of being wise simply by not saying anything stupid.

  about 9 years ago

Good article. I agree that the quiet person is often the one who doesn't need to speak up right away. Only if something needs to be said will they say it and the others will listen. Thanks

  about 9 years ago

Thanks Rick - yes the ;blabber-mouths' are usually the ones that need to prove their wisdom, making them seem very unwise actually!

  about 9 years ago
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