The American Heritage Dictionary has the following definitions for 'wisdom'.
- Understanding of what is true, right, or lasting.
- Common sense; good judgement.
- Scholarly learning.
Looking at those definitions was a starting point for me. The second definition was the closest, to my mind, to the definition given in Our Own Druidry: good judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate about and decide on the correct response. This seemed fairly self-evident to me.
The first definition that was given is closer to my own definition of 'wisdom'. To me, wisdom is more about experiential learning, rather than the learning we do in school. Yes, what we learn in the course of our schooling does help us gain wisdom... but to me it is experience that grants wisdom, not just knowledge itself. I'm sure we can all think of someone that may not be very 'book smart' (may not even be literate), but is definitely 'wise'. To me, this just emphasizes the point that lack of knowledge does not equate to a lack of wisdom.
The third definition, as stated before, can help one to gain what I see as wisdom, but is not wisdom in and of itself. Scholarly learning in application is what wisdom is about. I know way too many folks that have quite a bit of 'book smarts', but are seriously lacking in wisdom... or common sense for that matter!
These thoughts lead me down the path of thinking about the Ancestors. I think wisdom is one of the major reasons for humans in general venerating our elders and ancestors. After all, the experience (or life knowledge) that they have can help guide those of us that come after towards what would be the proper societal and community actions and responses. The simple act of perpetuating a given society's or community's traditions and history are what perpetuates the same group's mores and ethos. That in turn helps those with less of that 'life knowledge' to learn what they need to learn, and become wise themselves.
Now, as regards the virtue of wisdom in relation to the rest of the nine virtues in the program... I think that wisdom is the primary (or controlling/guiding) virtue. It is wisdom that helps one balance or decide between a given set of virtues for any given situation. Let us use the example of 'hospitality' versus 'moderation' in the case of a dinner party where alcohol is available and the person in question is alcoholic. Wisdom is what would guide the person's decision as to whether they can balance the 'hospitality' virtue as regards drinking what is offered and the 'moderation' virtue that would guide them to drink less than they may 'need'... or to decide that 'moderation' is more important than 'hospitality' as their behavior when under the influence would violate 'hospitality' by itself.
Amazing the random thoughts one gets when driving a bus....
- Current Location:Dorm Room
- Current Mood: thoughtful
- Current Music:Capercaille - The Haggis
Chūn mián bù jué xiăo,
Chù chù wén tí niăo,
Yè lái fĕng yŭ shēng,
Huā luò zhī duō shăo.
Morning comes unannounced to my spring slumber,
I hear birds calling all around,
In the night came sounds of wind and showers,
Many of the flowers must have fallen.
How to summarize two years? Okay, went to work for Xerox as a contract tech... contract ended. Learned to drive truck, did that for a year, didn't make money. Now I'm back at college at the University of Wyoming. How's that for an update? ;)
Oh, you want to know what I'm studying? Geology, so there! :P
Wish me luck!
- Current Location:Work
- Current Mood: nervous
- Current Music:None
One of the decisions I've come to is that I definitely need to change industries. The customer service/phone support thing is killing me. So I'm in the process of saving $1500 to purchase the proper tools to do Airframe & Propulsion Mechanic school at one of the local community colleges. Is this the career I want? Probably not, but at least it will be a good interim career (read, makes more money than I make now) while I head to school to actually get a degree in what I want.
Makes sense, neh?
Now for the silliness part:
- Current Location:Work
- Current Mood: confused
- Current Music:None
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WereWolf: Craving rare Meat, feeling caged, aggitated by being around people. Unable to control one's anger or temper. The person will give off symptoms of the shift. They will seem more hostile, blood thirsty, aggitated. They may even growl, bare their teeth or other animal like tendencies. In rare cases, some will physically change. Facial hair will grow thicker or darker, nails will become longer, canine's will seem longer. Embrace your wild side, for you are The Misunderstood WereWolf.