Wisdom

I found the following quote and wanted to know what people though of it. Do you think it is true?
"Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation."
-- Sid Taylor
I disagree with the quote. I define wisdom as the proper use of knowledge. I don't see why the proper use of knowledge cannot be written down. Over time what was true at one point may change and no longer be true and the wisdom would disappear but I still think wisdom can be stored. Your thoughts?

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I agree with the quote

Wisdom is experienced, you can read something over and over but unless you 'get it' it doesn't matter. In other words you can't read yourself wise.

Re:I agree with the quote

I think it's along the lines as the thought that those who don't know or understand history and condemned to repeat mistakes made in the past. And like youngsters, who seldom heed their parents' advice and experience, and end up, largely, coming to the same conclusions as their parents after much trial and error. Wisdom, I think, is gained, not something that can be passed directly through words or advice or browbeating. It's like stuff that comes from IKEA--available to all, but you have to be able to piece it together. Sometimes the instructions don't make much sense and you bash your thumb in the process, but with patience, deliberation and small handtools, you get a close facsimile of the floor model. Hopefully, though, wisdom is more durable than anything that comes from IKEA.

Wisdom and stuff from IKEA

I have first-hand knowledge of stuff from IKEA. I like to think I also have experience with wisdom, but others will want to dispute this. With respect both to the pieces out of which we try to fashion wisdom, and to the pieces out of which we try to assemble IKEA stuff, there are sometimes quality issues. IKEA, at least, has a Returns desk.

Seriously, I agree with GregS* and Rochelle that 'wisdom' entails experience as well as knowledge. I would add that as I see it, wisdom also entails application of knowledge, as in the judicious application of knowledge to one's life in light of experience seriously reflected upon.

Since experience is in many ways specific to individuals, and since individuals (by all appearances and with respect to earthly life, at least) are mortal, wisdom is in some sense perishable. However, (and here's the library connection) books do offer a way to dehydrate, as it were, the experience of one person, store it, and make it available to others to rehydrate in the water of their imaginations, and digest. Sorry for the clunky metaphors.

Re:Wisdom and stuff from IKEA

"Since experience is in many ways specific to individuals, and since individuals (by all appearances and with respect to earthly life, at least) are mortal, wisdom is in some sense perishable. However, (and here's the library connection) books do offer a way to dehydrate, as it were, the experience of one person, store it, and make it available to others to rehydrate in the water of their imaginations, and digest. Sorry for the clunky metaphors. "

That's a good way to put it. Take a book, add experience, and you have instant chia pets of wisdom.

I would expand on the perishable part by saying there are days when I understand something and days when I don't. I can memorize a poem and have it for life but wisdom isn't as permanent, especially concerning large who-am-I kind of issues.

Re:Wisdom and stuff from IKEA

chia pets of wisdom

Cool metaphor!

Wisdom is perishable. Unlike info or knowledge

I agree with the quote becasue wisdom is a characteristic, a trait of a person.

Wisdom dies with an individual, lessons learned from that indiviusal's wisdom will endure.

That's why it is intersting to consider, for exmaple, what would George Washington think of America 228 years later? What would Ben Franklin think. It is impossible to know what their words of wisdom would be becasue they are gone.

When a wise loved one passes, we lose their wisdom to the ages.

We can write what we know=infomration.

We cannot write down our sage, informed interpretations of information yeasr after our passing.

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." -Immanuel Kant

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." -Thomas H. Huxley

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