Intelligence and Wisdom are not the same.
Consider the following two scenarios.
A highly intelligent individual gives his philosophical views on “death”, as an inevitable phenomenon, at a symposium. Everyone applauds him/her on his/her presentation.
Now consider this same individual, putting forward the same views about death, at a funeral. This is not only awkward, but also insensitive and inappropriate.
Intelligence and knowledge, do not guarantee common sense and good judgement.
Wisdom is the deciding factor between being an embarrassment and being revered, and it is a fast disappearing natural resource.
Wisdom is influenced by a lot of factors; some of which are age, maturity, and life experiences.
“With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” – Oscar Wilde
This quote is self explanatory. It should be considered that younger people (even teenagers) can be wiser than their elders. This is where maturity and life experience come in.
Maturity works, pretty much, in the same way as wisdom. An increase in age does not guarantee a proportional increase in maturity. Recent events in my life have proven this point to me, on a virtually daily basis.
Like wisdom, maturity is also influenced by life experiences.
As the saying goes: Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
Discussions with intellectuals, elders, and other experienced people can help develop ones maturity and knowledge. Being open minded also helps one mature mentally and emotionally.
Life experiences have a huge impact on ones personality and opinions. A huge determinant in how the life experience affects a person, is whether or not one chooses to be positive and learn from the experience, or wallow in negativity and self pity.
All these factors combined, help mould one into a wise person.
Wisdom is a treasure more valuable than any else in the world. Unfortunately, it is least sought out in our world.