Philosophy and life: The wisdom of a successful life
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Philosophy can show us the power of creative thinking and effective wisdom. It can provoke us to constant questioning. Effective wisdom can overcome personal and professional problems. Philosophy searches the truth and wisdom is applied moral judgment. The two feed into each other and build on knowledge. Socrates said “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” Kant observed, “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Of course we must acquire knowledge as these great men obviously did. But knowledge is little use without wisdom. Wisdom is to know what is appropriate to do in any situation: in the right time, to the right person, for the right reason, to the right extent. We need to cultivate wisdom. This requires many components including: vision, mission, inspiration, action and contribution. Combined with strong discipline we can generate an intuitive intelligence, a super sense to navigate our way through troubled waters and live a life, which is worthwhile and successful. With knowledge, philosophy and wisdom we can aim for the right goals, do the right things, live contented lives, inspire others and change the world for the better.
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Chen, Peter, "Philosophy and life: The wisdom of a successful life" (2010). Faculty Publications. 2141.