Ultimately, knowledge and insight can be abstracted into human wisdom that can be shared widely, and that makes all human beings humble enough to acknowledge the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.
We are slowly but steadily moving from the age of industrialization to the age of insight-based personalization with the digital-rich innovation hubs. Knowledge is narrower and more specific, while wisdom is more extensive and abstract. Wisdom comes from life experience or the result of knowledge transcendence. Knowledge helps you figure out the “how” – practice. Wisdom guides you to pursue “why”—principles.
Knowledge involves awareness and intelligence, while wisdom involves sound judgment. Wisdom is related to the ability to apply learned knowledge. Wisdom is the process of self-refinement from quantitative change to qualitative change through accumulation of experience, achieving unity and harmony. It’s important to figure out what causes smart people to make bad decisions so often. Learn from every experience, draw lessons, and refine the ability to evolve. If knowledge is concrete, wisdom is abstract, broad.
If knowledge is gained from learning, and insight is gained from relearning, then wisdom is a process of learning, reflection, and relearning. Wisdom is the full understanding of the world and its correct application. There is a hidden and growing imbalance in the human mind, caused by the contrast between the pressure to constantly improve and the instinct to settle for the status quo. Knowledge is often linear, but wisdom is multidimensional. More often than not, learning knowledge is concentrated on one track and needs to be done step by step; but wisdom is multi-dimensional, open, and cyclical.
Wisdom is the function of knowing what you don’t know and remaining curious to learn more. Wisdom is the complete learning cycle: learning, doing and relearning. Wisdom is not knowledge; there cannot be wisdom without knowledge, but wisdom cannot replace knowledge. Wisdom consists primarily of applying knowledge and accumulating experience, but knowing when to let go of those experiences as you acquire new knowledge and tap into new areas of existing knowledge. Plus an open mind.
Wisdom is a guide to purpose, progress, and making the world a better place. It is about “telling the difference” between what works and what doesn’t in the real world. Wisdom is the ability to gather reliable information from all sources and apply it to current or future challenges. Ultimately, knowledge and insight can be abstracted into human wisdom that can be shared widely, and that makes all human beings humble enough to acknowledge the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.