What is Wisdom: Find it and Get it

By Brent M. Jones


How does experience, knowledge, and good judgement bring about wisdom?  Are there classes in school that explain how to apply experience, judgement and knowledge and result in having wisdom? Is it just the lifelong attempt to find the answers that result in wisdom: if that is true then when you finally get it is it too late to matter? 

The answer to these questions requires us to think and ponder about what wisdom is. It is not the product of only schooling, or just gaining knowledge, or just the attempt to acquire it. The sincere attempt to acquire it may be part of what wisdom is, but that effort is never completed.

Reading, classes, and study can bring about knowledge. As we use what we have learned in gaining experience trying to use what we have learned wisdom comes. .

A well-known quote, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”, implies that sincerity added to knowledge is of more value. Sincerity requires that we believe that the knowledge desired is of value.

Wisdom is likely not a constant because our own conclusions about our experiences change over time. Wisdom is added to with changes in point of view.

The events of our own life, when examined years later, can lead us to making changes in our point of view and even to reinventing ourselves. What wisdom is now likely will be different when looked back on.

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom and knowledge. It suggests that they both come from God. This quote seems to sum it up very well: Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7)