People often think of wisdom as only belonging to those who are erudite or have had extensive formal education. However, wisdom can also be defined as the quality of having knowledge that is true or right. When asked what wisdom is, many people will say it is knowing everything. But really, it is more like possessing an open mind so you can continue learning throughout your life experiences which teaches us far more than any book ever could.
It is not always the smartest people who have the most wisdom, but it is those who have faced more difficult situations and have learned from them.
One example of a wise person is Helen Keller. At the age of 19 months old she contracted an illness which left her both blind and deaf. This did not stop her from learning and she went on to become a well-known author and lecturer.
There are six attributes that characterize a wise person: reasoning ability, sagacity, learning from ideas and the environment, judgment, expeditious use of information. Reasoning ability is the capacity to analyze a problem and solve it rationally by applying existing knowledge to the issue at hand. Sagacity encompasses an understanding of human nature as well as thoughtfulness, strong listening skills and placing importance on others’ advice and expertise.
Judgment is the ability to make decisions that are in the best interest of oneself and others, based on knowledge and understanding. Learning from ideas and the environment is having an open mind towards learning, being able to see things from different perspectives and using prior experiences to guide future decision making. Expeditious use of information is taking into consideration all of the information that is available and making a decision in a timely manner. All of these attributes are important in making wise decisions.
Wisdom is not something that can be measured, but it is something that can be observed. It has been said that wisdom comes with age, but this isn’t always the case. Some people are born wise, while others have to learn it through life experience.
When Helen Keller was eighteen months old, she got sick and had a high fever. The doctor called it “brain fever” because after the illness, Keller lost both her sight and hearing. She couldn’t communicate with others at all until she met Ann Sullivan when she was six years old. Sullivan taught her the word “water.” She did this by running water over Helen’s hands while spelling the word on her palm. And that’s how history was made!
Helen Keller eventually went on to graduate from college and even wrote a book about her life. If you ask anyone the question “what is wisdom?” you will get many different answers, but if you look up the definition it is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.” So does that mean that wisdom only comes with age? Many people would say yes, that as we get older we gain more knowledge and understanding and can use our experiences to make better decisions.
There are some people who seem to have an “old soul” and are wise beyond their years. Maybe they have had some life experiences that have made them grow up faster or maybe they are just naturally smart. Whatever the reason, there are definitely some people who have wisdom that belies their age.
Helen Keller had many characteristics that would identify her as wise to most people. Her reasoning ability allowed her to not be restricted by her disabilities, but instead let them help shape and teach her so that she could extend the same knowledge to others. Because of how in-tune she was with those around her and able to learn from any situation, Helen always seemed very perceptive.
Keller was also able to be introspective and look at herself objectively. This allowed her to see areas in which she needed to improve and work on them. Finally, Keller had empathy for others, which helped her connect with them and understand their perspectives. All of these qualities helped Keller to become a wise person who made a difference in the world.
Age does not necessarily bring wisdom; however, it can certainly provide the opportunity to acquire it. With age comes experience, and if a person is open to learning from those experiences, they can develop wisdom. Wisdom is not just about having knowledge; it is also about understanding how to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits yourself and others.
It is about making good decisions based on your values and taking into consideration the impact of your actions on others. Wisdom is something that can be gained at any age, but it is often associated with older people because they have had more time to accumulate knowledge and experience.
There are many ways to become wise. You can learn from books, teachers, and your own experiences. One of the best ways to gain wisdom is to listen to the advice of those who are already wise. However, it is also important to think for yourself and not just blindly accept what others say. Use your critical thinking skills to evaluate what you are hearing and decide whether or not it makes sense.
Helen Keller was an astute woman who didn’t allow her disabilities to confine her thinking in life. It was evident when she rapidly learned her first word, “water,” that objects had names. Helen Keller demonstrated that she could detect the truth and what would be best by being perceptive.
Helen Keller also displayed her sagacity on many different occasions such as when she persisted in learning to read and write even after being told it was impossible. Helen Keller’s insightfulness is one of the reasons why she is an inspiration to people all over the world.
Age does indeed bring wisdom, as Helen Keller so clearly demonstrates. Her story is one of overcoming incredible odds, and her perseverance in the face of adversity is truly inspirational. She shows us that it is never too late to learn, and that wisdom comes in many forms.
Age may bring physical limitations, but it can also bring a greater depth of understanding and knowledge. For Helen Keller, wisdom was not something that came easy – but it was something that she fought for, and ultimately achieved. As she so wisely said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
I strongly identify with Sagacity, although I do not feel that I consistently display all the qualities of a “wise” person. To me, sagacity encompasses keen understanding human nature, thoughtfulness, fairness and adept listening skills. Although I don’t always understand why people behave the way they do – which is frustrating at times -I think it’s important to be considerate and just in our dealings with others. Furthermore, we should carefully hear out what others have to say before coming to any sort of conclusion ourselves.
This can be very hard to do especially when someone has hurt you or you think they have wronged you in some way, but it is important to remember that everyone makes mistakes and that we all deserve a second chance.
I also think that being able to laugh at oneself is an important quality of a wise person. We all make mistakes and it is important to be able to laugh at them and learn from them instead of dwelling on them. It is also important to not take oneself too seriously and to be able to see the humor in everyday situations. Life is too short to always be serious and if we can’t laugh at ourselves then we are just setting ourselves up for disappointment.