"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

― Aristotle

 

When I think of wisdom, I have a mental image of an old man with a long beard and spectacles telling me all the secrets of life and telling me what I should do to live a happy and fulfilled life. I think I just picture Dumbledore. That's the image that was penetrated into my mind as a little girl when everything was completely solidified. I thought everything made sense and if it it didn't well… adults obviously understood it all, so why worry ? Nothing had depth and that was my wisdom. The older I got the less things seemed to make sense. I entered into my teen years and I STRONGLY believed I was the only one in the entire world that suffered from the wraths and chains of my parents who never understood that I wanted to wear black eyeshadow and heavy blush. And why God why did I have a curfew? So not fair…..I suffered so much. The older I got, the more silly I saw my old teenage me. That was ultimately not suffering. I wasn't alone in the world. Millions of teens feel like that. As a young adult I grew into the understanding that I'm somehow not the only person in the world. Crazy huh?  That others can suffer and feel the same way that I felt. That people feel and desire the same love, freedom, companionship and compassion. Its interesting to think that we all go through these phases and learn more about ourselves. We gain understanding and are shocked when people experience the same things that we have. Pleasantly shocked though. Finally what about the adults of the world? I mean the real ones, the ones that are 30 and up, there is a wisdom and self-fulfilled that comes with having your feet together and showing yourself to the world. The understanding that you have made it through the struggles and financial complications of your 20s.

 

From birth we learn and observe and perceive through the wonders and confinements of childhood, in our adolescence experience our frustrations and liberations of almost being old enough, the milestones in adulthood and the empowerments of our own independence, and the recognitions of old age of our achievements throughout our lives that seem to have gone by so fast.  We all have these shared patterns in life and we will get to them at one point or another. So how do we identify these shared patterns? Am I just making things all up because it sounds good to know that we aren't alone facing the triumphs and difficulties of being human? A way to understand that we aren't alone and is the wonderful experience of reading and books. Throughout hundreds of generations of authors and writers we are given sufficient evidence that books are representations of an individual's growth in wisdom. We record our patterns because we know that there is a connection between what we experience and between others. Books tell us who we have been and who we are,and who we will be. They are narratives of others that we too can recognize in ourselves .

But what exactly is wisdom? One man's wisdom might be different from others due to lives in different geographic locations and social status. Does the educated man have more wisdom than the uneducated man?

We assume that by getting older we accumulate more wisdom but is that in itself true?

Going back to the idea of children's wisdom which is untainted and pure, these young creatures provide profound wisdom that is completely uninhibited. They show us the meaning of being human and purity of thoughts. The wisdom of children I have learned, makes complete sense to them and is completely unfiltered since everything seems exactly how it looks and with that considered they believe of the possibilities of a perfect Utopian world. As we grow older we of course see that as wonderful as it would be to have everything be free and working as a community sounds great, it is impossible due to millions of reasons. And while a Utopian world is pure fantasy, the reasons children consider it a possibilites is due to the fact that they understand that so many people go hungry and die of starvation. They either understand this through their elders or have experience it firsthand. Their naivety to go out and do things or think these thoughts is incredible because they have not developed the fear of being judged which is what often halts us adults from pursuing our goals and desires.

 

The word childish is used so often with adults with traits of impatience and selfishness that we should abolish its use when insulting because we all react in similar ways throwing tantrums of our own when we don't what we want. Whether if it's getting to eat an extra cookie for dessert, going out with friends late at night, or not getting the business deal you wanted. It is an age discriminatory term used to describe behavior associated with irresponsibility and irrational thinking. Age has no correlation with wisdom because wisdom is an innate trait in human beings. We are born to be wise and to of course develop what we have with being where you are and letting nature teach and show you the meaning of humanness. Silence, nature, friendships are all in essense major roles in wisdom. We can only be deeply human and deeply wise through interactions with the outside world and learning to love what seems impossible to love. By creating an honest bond with one another we can teach and be taught what really matters which is an affinity for wisdom in each other.