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July 3, 2015

Your Wisdom is Yours

Hal photo outside Feb2012“We can be knowledgable with other men’s knowledge, but we can’t be wise with other men’s wisdom.” (Montaigne)

A teacher can share his intelligence with you. You can attend school or read books to accumulate a vast body of knowledge. The internet gives us access to more information than we ever thought possible.

Wisdom, however, is another thing altogether. Wisdom is skillful living. Wisdom is knowledge applied to real world situations. And wisdom is gained through personal, practical experience — which is something you must gain for yourself.

And so must our children. And our spouses. And our co-workers. No one can be wise with your wisdom. They must attain their own. So, let them. Share your knowledge with them; let them get wisdom for themselves. Then no one can ever take it from them.

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