On wisdom

Wisdom is the answer to the fundamental questions of life, such as: 

  • What is good? What should I do? How am I to live? What is the purpose of life?
  • What is true? What can I know? Is there a way out of the chaos and absurdity?
  • What is real? What am I? What will happen when I die? Does God exist? 

Wisdom (dis)solves all problems, is totally satisfying:

  • Rationally satisfying. (Intellectually satisfying. The end of doubt.)
  • Emotionally satisfying. (Psychologically satisfying. The end of suffering.)
  • Spiritually satisfying. (Enlightenment / liberation. Divine union / salvation,*)

Wisdom is to: 

  • Be Thyself, Know Thyself, and Trust Thyself (to do what is good).
  • Be what is real, know what is true, and do what is good.

Other descriptions of wisdom are variations or derivations of the above:

—Wisdom is knowing how to live, how to act correctly and adequately in any situation, how to always do what is right / good.

—Wisdom means full comprehension and acceptance of the situation, facing reality, seeing things as they are. 

Wisdom is neither optimistic nor pessimistic but realistic. 

——Wisdom is knowing the meaning and the purpose of life.

Wisdom has something to do with love, acceptance, loving kindness, patience, gentleness, compassion, peace, perfection, etc.

—Wisdom is the truth that sets you free.

—Wisdom belongs not to man, but to some higher realm or principle (e.g. God).

Wisdom is a way of life, resolving the existential questions about the human condition.

Wisdom is not knowledge.

Wisdom is not to be confused with knowledge. If the difference seems trivial, it is not! Wisdom is of a different order altogether. The illusion of (objective) knowledge is the opposite of wisdom, what blocks wisdom.—

Wisdom is knowing (in itself), not knowledge (of things). I cannot have wisdom (like knowledge), but I can be wise. Wisdom does not belong to the human being, but informs the human being. Wisdom is not acquired but comes from a deep intuition.

Wisdom is not-knowing (e.g. Socrates: If I am the wisest, it is because I know that I do not know.) 

* Synonymous to apparently weird notions as the holy grail, the philosopher's stone, the elixir, the panacea, immortality... ;o)