In a World of Knowledge Versus Wisdom
As I was watching a Matthew Kelly Lenten reflection this morning, he inspired me to ponder the beauty of wisdom and how it is becoming lost in our society.
In today’s world…
We look for knowledge on google.
We occupy ourselves with our cell phones and their apps.
We explore social media and video games for friendships.
We watch youtube videos for information and techniques on how to do something.
We acquire more and more “things” in our life to explore information easier.
What are we losing?
Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
Those “things” from the world provide one aspect of the definition, but the other two seem to be lost for many of us.
We have lost the ability to think critically because we are allowing these items that have knowledge to do the work for us. This vast world of internet, gaming and television is providing so much knowledge at our fingertips that we have become lazy. Thinking through things is now too difficult. Finding the truth seems simple, yet is it really the truth? Do we even think through whether the information we are receiving – fast, immediate and on-call – is absolute truth?
Our life experience is a blessing that inspires wisdom. So many of us want to push aside those struggles that have created who we are. We want to cover them up and forget they happened. Yet those experiences help make wise decisions.
Good judgment doesn’t just happen. It takes effort to make a sound decision. Our first reaction is not always the best one. Understanding something from all levels is of utmost importance when making a judgement call. Have we looked at the situation from someone else’s point of view? Have we asked a wise friend for advice before we jump to conclusions? Do we allow our emotions to take over? Do we ruminate over the past or worry about the future?
Here is the good news…
We were all given the gift of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13 Blessed are those that find wisdom, who gain understanding.
Finding wisdom takes work. It isn’t just handed to you. You have to persevere through a lot to find it. It isn’t sitting out in the open for you to grab on google. It is hidden under piles and piles of information that you must sift through exhaustively.
We all wish that by googling something we would just find the answer and move on with our day, but it doesn’t work like that. Wisdom is found through research, through living and persevering through struggles, through listening to others who have wisdom, and by searching for the truth.