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Credible Wisdom

3 Types of Wisdom 2

When I think of the word credible I think of organizations, a person that is a professional that has notable wisdom, or literature that has a type of certification backing it. I think of these entities as possessing certain professional characteristics and traits. However, with some literature, even literature that is not widely known can be credible especially if it has the facts to back its statements and explanations. That can be a type of certification because there are more than one type of certification.

For something to be credible, whatever the source, it needs to become convincing and believable through remarkable and/or significant experience, knowledge, and judgment. I will add perception. A person, organization, or literature that is capable of perceiving something and is able to make a valid argument as compared to heavy conventional wisdom is, in my opinion, credible.

Criticism can also be considered conventional wisdom. This goes with the common phrase “everybody has an opinion”. But is the criticism constructive or destructive? In trying to decide which is which the source needs to be notable, then credible, and finally the credible source needs to contain or show aspects such as principle, values, ethics, morals, purpose, honor, diversity, and integrity to name some.

An example of two organizations that might or might not show professional characteristics or traits is Fox News and CNN. Both are credible news sources. However, Fox News sits more on the political Conservative side and CNN sits on the more political Liberal side. Yes, both news and information sources are considered credible and believable. What I look for should be at the bottom of an organizations website.

Fox News has a section called “Compliance” that is at the bottom of their website under the general category, “About”. This is titled “Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Counsel Report”. This report talks about their mission, their purpose, provides guidance, talks about accountability, workplace diversity, and of course compliance. This also clearly provides a place a person can go if they want to know more about Fox News Corporate governance, procedures, and policies. This is called their “Statement of Corporate Governance“. This can be found on their corporate website. I found this in the second paragraph of their Professionalism and Inclusion Counsel Report. This is impressive for the fact that it only took me about three steps to find the information I was looking for to see if they follow the categories of ethics, principles, morals, honor, and integrity and voluntarily hold themselves accountable by conducting meetings, collaborating, and communicating according to their workplace policies and procedures.

I went to CNN’s website and looked for the same type of information. If a person goes to the bottom of their website under the general category “About us” the link takes them to a page that explains various topics that explain who they are and what they do as well as their purpose. But, the difference I noticed was that their “About us” link was at the very bottom of the webpage and difficult to notice as compared to Fox News’ link. On CNN’s “About us” page under the category “CNN’s Parent Company” it provides a link to Time Warner Inc.  In the upper left corner their corporate website provides a menu with a category that says “Corporate Responsibility”.

On the “Corporate Responsibility” webpage there are three general categories they use to describe how they conduct corporate responsibility. The category that got my attention was “Creating Responsibility and Sustainability”. This is because it has the word ethic in its description. However, they are talking about their business functions and processes of materials as they pertain to ethics and not the way they report the news or provide media. It took more steps to see if CNN and their parent company had the information I was looking for. They didn’t and if they did it would probably be even more difficult to find than what they have provided.

CNN’s corporate website does display their “WarnerMedia Diversity & Inclusion Policy” but so does Fox News. I provide two examples where I compare and contrast two of the more well known news media sources. I invite you to conduct your own experiment on the other news media sources out there to see if you get the same results.

We live in a world with multiple electronic platforms, a plethora of news and media sources, and diverse ways to get information. There is a vast amount of information out there. But when a person is trying to make an informed and educated decision, that is important to them, they need to know the various steps to take and how to go about doing it. I believe that there are many out there that just let the information come at them like a tidal wave and based on how they feel about it they make their decisions. This is not wise nor displaying wisdom.

Where do you get your morals and principles? There are many resources out there and many ways to do that. But, if a person does not have any approach or process of how they educate themselves then they will continue to be influenced by the hurricane of information and media that’s out there waiting to knock them over. They will continue to make uninformed decisions and believe conventional wisdom. And there are many out there waiting for you to do just that.



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Notable Wisdom

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.