Wisdom

The Violence of Organized Forgetting By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 22 July 2013

Wisdom: The Forgotten Dimension?  by Mary Jaksch…Wis­dom means hav­ing the moral will to do right by other peo­ple, and to have the moral skill to fig­ure out what doing right means. This is not a new idea; it is some­thing that Aris­to­tle taught in ancient Greece…a wise per­son has four aspects:

  1. A wise per­son knows how to make an excep­tion to every rule.
  2. A wise per­son knows how to improvise.
  3. A wise per­son knows how to use these moral skills to serve other people.
  4. A wise per­son is made not born.…

A wise per­son takes the overviewCom­pas­sion­ate action – the out­flow of wis­dom – hap­pens when we stop being the cen­ter of our concern. Then we can open up to a wider view of real­ity that includes the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers, as well as our own – and  respond with compassion.

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