Nine Pagan Virtues: Wisdom

012015wisdom_timThe dictionary defines WISDOM as …

the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise

Personally, I find WISDOM hard to define. Not only because it encompasses so much, but because what it means can vary from one person to another. When we look at WISDOM as something one gains through life experiences then that can mean different things from one person to the next.

Your life experiences may not be the same as my life experiences. It is very rare to find one person who has similar life experiences to another person. The things that I have had happen in my life that have helped to shape me, the things that I have gone through in my life and have grown from, will be different than those of your own life experience.

So experiences and what we learn about life can be so varied. We all have so much to learn from each other. Through sharing our own personal WISDOM we can use good judgement in how we treat each other and the world around us. Hopefully, for the best.

I have always believed that it is very important, that in life, first and foremost, we are always students. We have so much to learn about our world, from each other, and that is always changing. I think once we stop trying to learn then we become stagnant and stuck. So WISDOM can be ever changing. As we learn, what we think we know either grows or shifts. As we live through new life experiences, our WISDOM can grow and shift.

And as Aristotle said …

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

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