Acquiring Wisdom

How does experience, knowledge and good judgement bring about wisdom?  Are there classes in school that explain how to apply experience and judgement to knowledge with wisdom? Is it just lifelong attempt to find that answer that becomes wisdom, and if that is true then how much time does it take? 

The answer to these questions requires a decision about what wisdom is. Wisdom is not the product of only schooling, or just gaining knowledge, or even the lifelong "attempt to acquire" it. The sincere attempt to acquire it may be part of what wisdom is but that effort is never completed.

Reading, school courses, and study can bring about knowledge and we can gain experience and understanding as we try to use what we have learned.  How we feel about the understanding of the knowledge and the consequences we observe in this process is also part of the answer we are seeking.   

A well-known quote, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”, seems to imply that sincerity added to knowledge is of value. Someone must truly believe that the knowledge desired is of value. Then they need to believe that it applies to the situation.

Wisdom is likely not a constant even in the same situation because we often see that our conclusions change over time. The events of our own life when examined years later can lead us to making changes and reinventing ourselves. What is wisdom now may be different that what is seemed to be before.

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)