Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wisdom, logic and children's education (#639)
There are two components to acquiring wisdom; knowledge and experience. It takes both for one to gain the perspective necessary to understand wisdom. Wisdom is a natural effect that allows us to see things in complexity. Seeing things in complexity is not all that is needed however, being able to analyze the complexity and it's options, then applying the correct option to the particular situation, is wisdom in action. How long it takes for wisdom to enter our lives is relative. Our overall outlook about the importance of being "wise" will have an influence on how early in life we may attain certain wisdoms. We are all highly capable of having wisdom in our lives if that is our prerogative. It really depends on our desire to be helpful, either to everyone or even just to ourselves. The hallmark identifier of wisdom, in a person, is an understanding of logic and how logic works. I have hoped that logic would be taught at the earliest ages. It's concepts are simple but profound and the sooner our minds are structured with logic as it's foundation, the more enlightened and wise we are able to become. The greatest opportunity for all of us to succeed in any endeavor is to be aware of our options as they arise. Here is where wisdom would be most effective as a tool of reasoning out decisions. Everything in life offers an opportunity to apply knowledge with experience. If logically, we would see this, then the gaining of wisdom could and should happen at a very young age. I am all for us having childhoods filled with adventure and fun, but being able to reason would also enhance our children's lives as well as give them the insight into how much enjoyment life offers.