How Does One Acquire Enough Wisdom To be Considered Wise By Other People?

Wisdom cannot be quantified.

Wealth can be quantified. You can say that I have X amount of money and I need not work for 15 years and I will still survive. 

Intelligence can be quantified. You can say that I know these subjects well and if asked to prove my mettle, I can do it. 

Wisdom, however can never be quantified. No learned man can claim that I have “enough” wisdom and that I am wiser than the other person (doesn’t matter who the other person is).

Wisdom also changes shape, form and color. What is wisdom to a 25 year old is a fallacy to a man in his Fifties. What is wisdom to a 70 year old maybe stupidity to a high school grad. Wisdom is greatly a function of age, experiences, maturity and thought process and hence there can never be a single measuring scale for gauging “Wisdom”.

So here follows a story.

There was once a prophet who had good knowledge over different subjects. He was considered “Wise”, “Intelligent” and was worshiped in his village as a learned man.

The prophet decided to travel to other parts of the country and gain more knowledge. He traveled far and beyond, learning different subjects, educating people, winning accolades and adding feathers to his crown of reputation and glory.

He returns to his village and then people tell him to remove poverty from the village with his knowledge and wisdom. He is the most learned man and people agreed to do whatever he thinks is best for the future of the village.

The prophet said that he cannot do much since poverty is mostly a function of economy, trade and “Value generation” and that he alone cannot be of much help. He can help in educating people and enlighten them with his knowledge but he cannot do much in improving the economic situation of the village.

The villagers then said what is the use of your knowledge and wisdom when you cannot help your own countrymen and improve their lives. You are no different from that landlord (Zamindar) who has acquired all the land and is using the land for his personal benefit. 

He has acquired the Land for personal ambitions, and you have acquired knowledge for fulfilling personal ambitions. So although you have a lot of knowledge, you are of little “value” to us. Compared to you, we consider that butcher to be more useful, at least he has generated some employment to our people. Compared to you, we consider that factory owner to be more wise, at least he employs our people as laborers which help families sustain themselves. 

So you see, wisdom is also a function of to whom you are delivering it and whether the other party is in a position to receive your offering.

 
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