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Re: What next?

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"Drs.W.T.M. Berendsen" <[log in to unmask]>

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Group concerned that academia should seek and promote wisdom <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 18 May 2006 17:40:17 +0200

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Mat and others,

Once again, I am pretty sure wisdom can not be taught. Knowledge can, but
wisdom not. Wisdom is a part of the individual and like I said someone has
it or does not have it. Anyone not agreeing to that statement should just
put his effort in just picking someone or just pick whatever bunch of people
from the street and make them wise. I wish them a lot of success in that
case. 

The phrase on the left hand column of the website of friends of wisdom “This
is an association of people sympathetic to the idea that academic 
inquiry should help humanity acquire more wisdom by rational means.” Does
not tell anything about helping people acquiring wisdom. At first instance
not, a least that is my perception of the sentence. I is quite generally
about helping humanity to acquire more wisdom. In my point of view we still
have to decide on the means. Whether that will be only the people or also
information resources like f.i. the Internet. And which people we would like
to gather more wisdom and through what means. Whether it is about more
wisdom or about acquiring wisdom (which is not possible in my opinion since
I regard wisdom as something a person has and being wise as a certain level
of wisdom which is different for each person to call someone wise since the
definition wise is also a relative definition). But, that is my opinion
based on what I regards as wise and wisdom. 

To me wisdom also has to do with personal capabilities and to me yes of
course people have it or have it not. It is mostly agreed upon that most
people in the madhouse do not have wisdom normally speaking. Although some
might have it at certain clear moments, but then again it has to be a
capacity of that person. So that is why I remark about facilitation rather
then teaching wisdom. Knowledge can be teached and leads to more wisdom and
a wiser person. But wisdom itself like I define it for myself can not be
teached in any way. Karl Popper does mention it also in his excellent book
"the open society and its enemies" that some people "see" things and others
are "blind" for it. That remark of him had no direct connection with wisdom,
but I think the general capacity to "see" things does.

Wisdom for sure has to be valued, cherished and encouraged and I suppose all
the people here agree on that otherwise we would not be on this list. 

Mat, you are referring to "your" definition of wisdom. Which is probably a
mixture of the definitions of other people and some anotherness of yourself.
But I would be interested to know that definition?


“Wisdom is taken to be the capacity to realize what is of value in life, 
for oneself and others. It includes knowledge, understanding and 
technological know-how, and much else besides.” 

I fully agree also with the definition above. 


Kind regards from the Netherlands,

Wilfred Berendsen 

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