Intelligence is better than wisdom (if you had only one choice to cultivate)

Asked by: jimmyl76
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  • Intelligence determines what you know, Wisdom determines how you act on that knowledge.

    As the headline states. To have wisdom without knowledge is like having an arrow without a bow. You have potential, you have something which can be used for a great many purposes, but you have no way to properly direct that knowledge, that arrow.

    Pure intelligence is like being a computer. You may well know everything that humanity has ever learned, but you have no ability to act on it.

    To have wisdom is to actually be the human. You don't have all the knowledge of the entire human species, and ultimately, that will cause you to fail once or twice. But by virtue of having wisdom, the ability to direct that knowledge, you will not always fail. Sometimes, you will succeed. A computer doesn't have that ability, it can only use that knowledge as others direct.

  • Intelligence without wisdom is like having water without a glass.

    Intelligence is the acquisition of knowledge.
    Wisdom is the application of knowledge.
    If you had a person dying of dehydration and you went to the faucet (the source of knowledge) and cranked it open, you would be able to see all the water flowing out, and if you wanted to, your could tip your head in and drink till your hearts content (acquiring knowledge). The person dying would still die. This is intelligence.
    If you opened up the faucet and took a cup (applying the knowledge) you could fill it and take it to the person, and (if they chose to drink) they would live. This is wisdom.
    You could be the most intelligent person on the face of this Earth but what good is it if you can not use it?

  • I guess personally

    I would choose wisdom over sheer intellect. Of course both require a minimum level of competence, but being able to discern things, and make good judgment given a limited set of knowledge is much more practical and helpful than simply having an arsenal of weapons and bullets, that really overshadows ability to utilize all of them.

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