There are eight pillars of wisdom; EMOTIONAL REGULATION (the art of coping), KNOWING WHAT IS IMPORTANT (establishing value and making judgment), MORAL REASONING (right from wrong), COMPASSION (kindness and empathy), HUMILITY (the gift of perspective), ALTRUISM (fairness and punishment), PATIENCE (delayed gratification) and DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY (change).
WISDOM is the ability to exercise good judgment in the face of imperfect knowledge. There is only one “lifestyle” that approaches WISDOM and that is a CONTEMPLATIVE one. Not one that wishes to acquire or one that wishes to be competitive but one that REFLECTS, that is DELIBERATE IN THOUGHT, that is a person that is CONTEMPLATIVE.
People who are WISE can stop, take a step back, and reframe, to look at a situation differently with or without EMOTION. EMOTIONAL BALANCE is critical for WISDOM to be fruitful. Without that balance the stress hormones will run rampant. This requires a knowing when to follow rules but also when the usual rules no longer apply. EMOTIONAL BALANCE is critical for the lifelong process of WISDOM.
WISDOM is a human virtue won by HARD WORK; of EXPERIENCE, ERROR, INTUITION, DETACHMENT, and mostly CRITICAL THINKING. When one recognizes the limits of their own knowledge, WISDOM can begin to grow. SUCCESS BREEDS HABIT AND FAILURE BREEDS LEARNING. DEALING WITH; UNCERTAINTY, COMPASSION and MORAL REASONING are relevant to CRITICAL THINKING.
KNOWING WHAT’s IMPORTANT is critical. When people are presented with a range of three choices there is no problem to make an intelligent choice. When those same three choices are mixed with a larger array of choices paralysis sets in, the same choice is not found. Knowledge tells you how to do something. WISDOM tells you whether you should do it.
HUMILITY; an ability to acknowledge limitations and mistakes, an openness to new ideas and new contradictory knowledge, avoiding self-aggrandizement, to keep one’s achievements in perspective. A HUMBLE self-view needn’t be negative.
ACCEPT THE EIGHT PILLARS. WE ALL CAN OBTAIN THE ATTRIBUTES TO DEMONSTRATE WISDOM.
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.