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knowledge and wisdom

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Elimu (Education Forum)' started by Andrew Nyerere, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Andrew Nyerere

    Andrew Nyerere Verified User

    Dec 21, 2008
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    Dear Friends,
    Ni lazima tuelewe kwamba knowledge is not wisdom. One can have knowledge,but one may not have the wisdom to apply that knowledge. One needs both knowledge and wisdom. This is the only way that a person can live well.
    I met some one yesterday from The United States who was telling me that the Obama is quite a clever person,that he writes all his speeches himself,and then sends them to his speech writer for polishing. And,indeed,there are many people who are saying that Obama is very much a thinker,an astute person.
    Now how do we get wisdom,since wisdom seems to be such a wonderful thing? You can get knowledge by reading a book. But how can you get wisdom? What is it that you have to do to get wisdom?
    In order to get wisdom,you do nothing.After you have read the book,the book of wisdom,maybe,and after you have put aside the book,then,as you think about the things that you have read,wisdom will naturally arise.
    This is not to say that you will be wise by not reading books,or by not doing anything to acquire knowledge. But what is called wisdom,is that act of putting aside the book,and doing reflection,on what you have read or heard.
  2. S

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    Wisdom is the ability to differentiate between what is ringt and what is wrong. King Solomon was considered wise, just because he could distinguish between the two - wale wanawake waliokwenda kwake na watoto - mmoja amekufa na mwingine huy hai.

    It is true, that there is a connection between Wisdom and knowledge - although it doesnt directly mean, when one has knowledge - then he/she has wisdom.

    Your defintion of the way wisdom arise lacks the essence of the matter - it could as well means the same but in a radical way we tell it easily - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowlege(Wisdom). Proper knowledge is Wisdom.
    If wisdom is the ability to choose betwenn the right and the wrong, the your definition suffices. But if it is the ability to choose between the right and what seems to be right, then devine intervention plays a definte role in the definition of wisdom.