Researchers in positive psychology have defined wisdom as the coordination of “knowledge and experience” and “its deliberate use to improve well being.” With this definition, wisdom can supposedly be measured using the following criteria:
- A wise person can discern the core of important problems.
- A wise person has self-knowledge.
- A wise person seems sincere and direct with others.
- Others ask wise people for advice.
- A wise person’s actions are consistent with his/her ethical beliefs.
(above from Wikipedia entry, “wisdom”)
If we were to consider how these 5 abilities manifest themselves in real life, no doubt there would be room for the Christian understanding of wisdom. I can’t quibble with one of those bullet points; they are all a part of wisdom as I see and sense it.
But what is missing? That is the topic for Sunday, August 16 as we delve into the topic of wisdom.
God of the wise and God of the foolish, may we find ways to discern your will; then, grant us fortitude, to act accordingly. Amen.