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Wisdom: So easy to find. So difficult to possess. — 2 Comments

  1. Excellent thought. I wonder though, is wisdom always a good idea? I think Solomon might have had too much.

    • I don’t think one can ever have too much wisdom. In other words, wisdom is of such a value that it can only be a good thing to have it.
      That certainly seems to be the biblical perspective: “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7)
      That is not to say that it may not “cost you.” Some insights could actually makes us less psychologically happy; some truths are depressing. “Ignorance [can be] bliss.” But I still think one is better off being an somewhat-unhappy wise person than a deliriously-happy fool. Actually, here I think Aristotle got it right in conceiving of real ‘happiness’ – ‘eudiamonia’ in Greek – as much broader than a psychological state; it is much more than just ‘feeling good.’ It is actually much more like the biblical concept of being ‘blessed.’ That’s the only way to make sense of Jesus’ teachings that we are blessed even when we are ‘poor in spirit,’ when we are persecuted, etc.
      On Solomon, even though the Bible lauds his wisdom, it also reports actions are plainly failures of wisdom – with rather predictable negative consequences. His taking on hundreds (!!) of wives and concubines can hardly be taken as a exemplification of great wisdom. So either he became corrupted and lost much of the wisdom he had earlier on–which is perfectly possible. Or he was wise in some areas and actually quite foolish in others. Perhaps some of each is the truth.
      At least I think Garrison Keillor expressed wisdom in noting that “Wisdom does not always come with age. Sometimes age comes alone.”

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