Being Right Is Not The Same Thing As Being Wise

Being right focuses on establishing "what's right". Being wise focuses on the power to be discerning and properly judging "what's right". For example, categorizing a tomato as a fruit is right, putting it in a fruit salad is not wise. My wisdom tells me that being wise uses what's right while and puts it in the context of a desired outcome or action. If the goal is to have a beautiful and tasty fruit salad, why be right and put tomatoes in it? What does your wisdom say?


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  • Can you think of a time that being right over being wise led to conflict and why?
  • Can you think of a wise person in your life who consistently acts wise over right? How?
  • Can you share a personal story of a situation where being wise rather than being right led to achieving a beautiful and tasty goal, and the wisdom gained?

Wisdom Is Not The Same Thing As Knowledge

The usage of the word "wisdom" has dramatically declined over the years while the usage of the word "knowledge" has remained steady. The usage of the words "conflict" and  "problem" have risen exponentially at the same time. My wisdom tells me that having "clear and certain mental apprehension" is not the same thing as being just, discerning, or insightful. Maybe instead of saying "Should'a Known Better"  we ought to be saying, "Be Non The Wiser". What does your wisdom say?

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Having Conflict Is Not The Same As Having A Problem

The word "problem" is meant to expose difficulties or questions that need to be answered or solved. If you are in debt, you can seek financial advice or even bankruptcy. Problem solved. If you are unhappy with your marriage you can seek either counseling or divorce. Problem solved. "Conflict", on the other hand does not require answers or solutions. My wisdom tells me that underneath every unresolved conflict there is hidden fear about an unsolvable problem and a lack of confidence about how to resolve it. What does your wisdom say?

  • Can you think of a time that there was a problem your couldn't solve and why?
  • Can you think of a wise person you know who is consistently good at problem-solving? How?
  • Can you share a personal story of a situation where a conflict revealed fear of a problem that then got resolved with solutions rather than justifications, and the wisdom gained?