Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

--by Author Unknown (Feb 04, 1998)

Living in this world, it becomes very hard to differentiate between knowledge and wisdom. In a technological society, we start to convince ourselves that science provides us with all the answers. But does science really lead us to a better future? If we think of all the progress over the past decades/cent- uries, we can see that our standard of living has improved, resources are used efficiently, communication is better, and so on. But what about the more fundamental problems of dissatisfaction, distress, and unfulfilled desires? No matter how good the economy is, no matter how much money people are making, there are no guarantees of happiness and peace. While advances in technology may improve the material standard of life, only advances in self study can provide enduring improvements in mental balance. Knowledge, then, explains why things are, but wisdom explains why you are. Wisdom cannot be acquired via books and lectures; only consistent and arduous introspection can shed light upon the subtleties of our existence. Meditation is a tool to examine ourselves.

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On Nov 2, 2008 Rod wrote:
An assortment of lively experiences helps one to learn how one will react to assorted situations. From there one may meditate on these and learn about oneself. A larger assortment offers opportunity for more character building meditation. Then again, some are only able to simply wonder what happened.

On Oct 9, 2008 Bree wrote:
I agree with the fact that science can't yield all answers. But I think you could expand a little more on the difference between knowledge and wisdom and how each in particular is reached. If meditation provides wisdom by allowing one to escape beyond the physical self then couldn't drugs be argued to have the same effect? What about such instances as initiation ceremonies in which the indivudual enters into a sweat lodge and fasts for a few days then reportedly has a vision and aquires wisdom. Is this true wisdom? or is it knowledge, or neither?

On Jul 18, 2008 jeanelene wrote:
i hope you explain further on the difference between knowledge and wisdom