Archive for April 14, 2007

Expand Your Knowledge, Grow In Wisdom

April 14, 2007

As we grow up over the years, going to schools, reading books and going through life, we are bound to acquire different types of knowledge. Some learn about computers, nutritionals, communications, public speaking, accounting, biology, architecture and so many others.

On the other hand, wisdom takes our knowledge further. It enables us to apply what we know, provide uses and purposes to what is contained in our mind. In a certain way, wisdom is applied knowledge.

Knowledge tends to exist in the form of “What” as in what do we know about the universe, history, human relationships, silicon chips, vitamin E, etc. It provides us the basis of understanding things. A further part of knowledge is in the “How” like how things work, how things happen.

Examples can be how does the body process food?, how does differentiation work?, how to cook a french cuisine? and the likes.

Knowledge tends to be the precursor to wisdom. (not all the time)

Since wisdom deals with the application of knowledge, it usually works on the degree of knowledge to be applied. Therefore enquires of “How much” and “How else” comes into play.

Degree of knowledge and Beyond

How much” is concerned with the degree and amount of knowledge to be applied.

For example,
How much pressure do I apply before its breaks?
How much will it take to balance the accounts?
How much vitamin C can a person take at a safe level?
How much can we make use of this technology?
How much air time do we need for this advertisement?

How else” further deals with the creative level of the knowledge. It requires the person to think out of the box.
How else can we promote this product?
How else can I convince him to buy?
How else can we build a closer relationship?
How else can I create a medical breakthrough?
How else do I approach this dangerous situation?
How else can we solve the hunger issue?

Sometimes, another spectrum of wisdom has very much to do with Timing and its duration of impact.

When” answers the time of which a knowledge can start to be applied.
When do we begin the operation?
When is a suitable time to meet?
When must I take action?
When do I date her out?
When do I pour in the oyster sauce into my dish?

Of course, when you have knowledge as to when something can start, surely you must have considered the “When not” or the time to not apply the knowledge or to end it.

When do we not take action but wait and see?
When do we not go overboard with this argument?
when do we not use this inferior material?
When do we not apply the formula?

(Please note that in wisdom, the Degree of application and the Timing of application may both co-exist or be mutually exclusive.)

You will also discover that while knowledge provides the absorbing of the ‘whats’ and the ‘hows’, wisdom requires an extra ingredient: a decision making thought.
True wisdom comes with mastery of the Decision making ability.

Taking certain wise words and proverbs as example:
“Look before you leap”

Knowledge (as precursor background)
1. What is look? what is leap?
2. How do you look? How do you leap?

Wisdom (this proverb deals with the factor of Timing)
3. When do you leap? Answer: After looking.
4. When do you not leap? Answer: If you have not looked beforehand.

Another example:
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” Henry Ford

Knowledge (as precursor and background)
1. What is think? What is termed as right?
2. How can you think?

3. How else can you think? Answer: You can think in terms of you can or you can’t
4. When I think I can, what happens? Answer: You’re right.
5. When I think I can’t, what happens? Answer: You’re right too.

In summary, knowledge and wisdom requires you to firstly gain knowledge and understand the “What is it?” and “How it works?“.

Secondly, wisdom compels you to make decisions on “How much to do this?“, “How else can you do this?” as well as “When to do it?” and “When not to?

As you go through the sequence and conceptual breakdown of knowledge and wisdom questions, you are able to make the bad becomes good and the good becomes better.

Using this, you can actually expand your knowledge and grow in wisdom.

All right, now that you have read these thoughts, when do you begin?