Being wise has long been a sought after attribute in humans in our society. For centuries, many ‘wise’ people have been lauded singly for such a trait. But what is wisdom, and how are we all working on being wise every day in our lives? Perhaps the kid in The Matrix said it best. Maybe there really is no spoon.
To me, wisdom I something that comes from observation. It comes from observation of ones surroundings and the interactions of others in such surrounds. It also comes from observing yourself, and being aware of your own emotions, reactions and intuition as you’re exposed to different experiences. Eckhart Tolle talks about ‘the observer’ in his books, which is a similar and related idea to being mindful in your daily activities.
Wisdom is certainly an interesting idea, and as Ross Hill made comment, something we almost certainly will never fully understand. It will be interesting to watch this weekend particularly, as two events which really inspire me take place. Trampoline is on again, which always fills me with wonderment and awe around the knowledge, passion and wisdom of many of the participants. I can’t wait to be amongst it again. And a new conference, Wisdom 2.0, is taking place in San Francisco (and at Google HQ) with the distinct ambition of discussing wisdom in the modern ‘2.0’ world. The speakers list looks amazing, and I look forward to hearing all about it from the Aussie contingent going.
I’ll be running a session at Trampoline this Sunday, hopefully calling in the guys at wisdom2.0 (if I can get a session early enough!) and I look forward to discussing more of the ideas and thoughts everyone has around being wise.