Wisdom is the culmination of experience, knowledge, and judgment gained through the action of making choices. The most important type of wisdom is the type we gain for ourselves in which we use to make our decisions. Even if we ask another for their wisdom, we still have the liberty to choose whether or not we will incorporate it into our critical thinking and decision making process skills. Weighing and measuring the informational wisdom we get from another or various sources is wisdom in and of itself.
Conventional wisdom is undesirable in most cases because it is meant to be used in a general sense. It becomes undesirable when making important personal decisions. However, notable wisdom is somewhat different. Notable also means to be remarkable or significant. This means that to be considered notable the source or entity holds considerable weight and importance. Also, this means that among all the conventional wisdom that we are bombarded with, something that is notable stands out to us as an individual, a society, or group.
Putting the meanings of the words notable and wisdom together we get, remarkable or significant experience, knowledge, and judgment. Where can we get notable wisdom and what does it look and sound like? There is always a good and bad side to everything and sometimes in between or a grey area. However, while on the search for notable wisdom it depends on what you intend to do with this type of wisdom. If you are the type of person that is honestly seeking positive guidance and direction in order to make a decision, such as explained in my previous blog “Conventional Wisdom”, then you are looking for notable wisdom that will make a positive impact on your decisions. You intend to make a difference or change for the betterment of either yourself or other people.
Notable wisdom can be from either a news source, literature, or a person all possessing remarkable or significant experience, knowledge, and judgment. If a person intends to make a positive impact and difference on either themselves or other people then they will seek to get their notable wisdom from like minded or similar sources. One specific of the opposite would be to look for negative notable wisdom so that a person can compare and contrast as to what they do not want or to draw attention so that they might educate and raise awareness to unsuspecting people, friends, or family.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Thus, in order to be true to yourself as an individual it would be wise indeed to seek, experiment, and test, notable wisdom. However, even this is not enough. After you have went through this process of seeking, experimenting, and then testing the notable wisdom you have obtained you must ask am I convinced or is this convincing enough? This question, that a person should ask themselves, means that they should gather notable wisdom information from more than one source, including the negative sources. Going through the process of sifting through and conducting critical thinking enables a person to draw conclusions that they might find something that is succinct or clear to them as an individual.
After a person has gone through these various processes they can conclude to themselves that the source is credible. If they deem that the source is credible then they need to go through the process of seeing if what they have identified meshes with their values and morals. However, to a person as an individual, when morals and values are brought into the evaluation process the credible source might not be solidified enough to be convincing. That is why a summation approach needs to be used.
We seek to be ourselves or else we are not.