According to the Royal Academy of Language, Knowledge is defined as understanding, intelligence, natural reason; Intelligence is the ability to understand, understand and solve problems and Wisdom is the highest degree of knowledge, prudent conduct in life or in business. These three concepts sometimes intertwine, giving rise to discrepancies, but differ from each other.
Knowledge is on the one hand, the state of knowing something and on the other hand, the contents that are part of the cultural heritage of man, through experience, observation or study. Undoubtedly, science is one of the main types of knowledge, which are in turn the result of research. There is also knowledge of a trade, an art, a skill or specific information, which are acquired through cognitive processes: perception, memory, experience, reasoning, teaching, learning, surveys and other more sophisticated methods, which acquire, preserve and transmit knowledge, especially through language.
On the other hand, the word Intelligence is of Latin origin. Intelligentĭa, which comes from intelligere, a term composed of intus “between” and “choose”, so that, etymologically, intelligent is the one who knows how to choose or knows how to understand, assimilate, elaborate information, use it properly and have the capacity to store it. Intelligence could be defined as the mental capacity to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, and have the understanding-learning of our environment. There are several ways: linguistics, mathematics, music, space, emotional, etc. Despite the wide variety of concepts that arise around the term intelligence, the most influential, when it comes to evaluating it, is the intellectual quotient of the individuals, calculated in the psychometric tests.
Emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman “is the ability to recognize feelings in himself and others, being able to manage them.” This concept is closer to wisdom, because he who knows how to handle his emotions is a competitive, healthy, serene, sincere, simple, friendly, helpful and synergistic person, conditions that lead to making man happy. There are very intelligent people, but who are unable, for example, to handle an addiction. Some intelligent with knowledge can be arrogant – they know them all and believe themselves infallible – and that shows lack of wisdom.
Wisdom is an attribute of the human being, which allows him to make balanced decisions, have the judgment and understanding to solve problems, avoid or prevent dangers, achieve certain goals and advise others. Wisdom takes its references from what has been lived, which must have been experienced quite frequently or intensely so that it remains in our memory and is inserted into the preservation schemes of life. It is considered as a feature that can be developed by practice, but not taught and can be synonymous with prudence and common sense.
To obtain wisdom it is necessary to desire it, and its inspiration is high, so there may be wise men who do not have great culture and cultured men who do not have wisdom. Discernment and intuition add strength to wisdom.
According to Osho, “Being wise means doing something inside; First you have to experience it in the deepest essence of your being, feeling the beat of life, because that is the closest door to universal consciousness and then to know it outside of you. Remember: the wise man does not accumulate knowledge, his wisdom is spontaneous. Knowledge always belongs to the past, wisdom to the present. Knowledge satisfies the ego; Wisdom destroys the ego completely. That is why people seek knowledge. It is rare to find a search engine that is committed to wisdom and is not interested in knowledge. Knowledge means having theories about the truth; Wisdom is the truth itself. Knowledge is acquired secondhand; Wisdom is first. When death calls, completely tear down the entire structure of knowledge that you have built around you and with the awareness that all life has been a waste. Wisdom is a totally different phenomenon. It is experience, not belief. It is an existential experience, it is not a reference. The essential is eternal. ”
Quotes about wisdom:
- “The principle of wisdom is the fear of God.”, Solomon
- “I just know that I don’t know anything.” Socrates
- “The greatest wisdom that exists is to know oneself.” Galileo
- “Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is freedom.” Will Durrant
- “Wisdom is not a product of education but of a lifetime to acquire it.”, Einstein
- “The idiot screams, the intelligent think and the wise shut up.” Popular saying
- “The ignorant says, the wise doubts and reflects”. Aristotle
- “What we know is a drop of water; What we ignore is the ocean. ” Isaac Newton
- “The wise can sit in an anthill, but only the fool sits in it.” Chinese proverb
- “The wise man does not sit down to lament, but he happily puts himself to his task of repairing the damage done.” Shakespeare