Chapter 9

HOW TO DEVELOP PRACTICAL WISDOM 

                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                  By: Josavere

 

Developing practical wisdom for life begins with submission and empathy; it implies that a person goes through a series of successive states until achieving it; it takes a long time to act with great humility, which implies nobility, simplicity, and kindness, to act out of conviction, always acting with sufficient control over what it pursues and without allowing itself to be controlled or used like those who seek to excel; this virtue involves knowing and accepting one's own weaknesses and qualities, and acting accordingly (admitting a mistake, sharing the knowledge learned, being grateful) and is an abundant source of inner peace and a foundation of wisdom.

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings and experiences of other people, placing oneself in the skin of another; see ourselves and the world from a personal point of view. This is how we learn to love more deeply.

In addition, discipline, will, prudence, and persistence are needed, so it is important to start the course from a young age beginning by learning to meditate, a technique that facilitates self-knowledge to discover one's own strengths and weaknesses, as a starting point to increase the former and reduce the latter, which requires intelligence and knowledge. Happiness, the noblest ambition of human beings, is achieved through wisdom; it requires critical and long-term thinking that allows one to know the truth for oneself and that comes out of one's own being.

Knowledge comes through reasoning and memory; wisdom through meditation is a practice to train the mind to seek specific benefits.

 Practical wisdom is oriented towards seeking and increasing one's own, which is innate, applying it to daily life, using intelligence for a process of continuous growth; permanently maintaining awareness of our emotions; being objective to bring knowledge to real-life; facing uncertainty without fear; developing adaptability; making decisions and reflecting permanently. It does not arise from the experience itself, but rather from the reflection that we make of these routines, and the lessons that we have learned from them, which generates the capacity to develop new solutions to problems and offer practical advice.

  • To resolve an unknown matter, one should not presume that one knows beforehand what to do; the problem is analyzed from different points of view, reflection is made and decisions are made using the talent to the fullest and taking care of inner peace(It allows you to know the world to act according to your purposes because it is the faculty of being and by which you recognize yourself and manifest your self-love).
  • Perfection does not exist, the important thing is to act conscientiously, and look for the best solution with the knowledge you have. Don't worry if you make a mistake; as a human being, the only thing you can do is learn from your mistake, via reflection.

Aristotle teaches that the goal is the first thing we must be very clear about, refining it with fundamental values and critical thinking; perception, to understand the circumstances and how others feel about it; informed intellect, knowing the absolute truths, those that are not governed by the laws of nature; they simply are, because they act as limits, which are informed by observing the environment of each virtue or vice; the experience gained over a long period of time, making decisions and experiencing failure; deliberative skills, especially to do it with ourselves, listening to our conscience; action to act and evaluate the results to increase knowledge and make it a university, the best for practical wisdom.

Wisdom guarantees happiness in the long run; it relates to the mind, age and experience. A being is born with intelligence and taking advantage of it can lead him to achieve wisdom, cultivating it and increasing it through meditation, deliberating with oneself, seeking to acquire useful knowledge for life; regulating his emotions; acting with compassion and altruism; increasing self-awareness; without fear, accepting uncertainty and making decisions.

The lateral or parallel thinking implemented by Edward de Bono to make better use of the much, until now, wasted brain capacity, allows us to see a little further, facilitates the appearance of new, more innovative, different, and disruptive ideas1; helps solve problems in a creative way; thinking differently, innovating is achieved.

The wise find ways to benefit others, benefiting themselves, and always seek a better way of doing things with a clear meaning of life; they seek to understand why people do something, instead of judging them harshly on the basis of only what they have done. They are always open to criticism and do not accept things as they are simply because “they have always been that way”.

 The wise foreseen and whose use results in the solution of a problem is what is defined as disruptive innovation. Examples of that something can be a technology, a model, or a process. This type of innovation happens from one moment to the next, radically and without warning. Such characteristics differentiate it from incremental innovation, which occurs in a methodical, slow, and controlled manner. Allowing people to get an idea of what is to come.

The wise seek WIN-WIN formulas because they do not believe that the world is a place to win or lose, but for solidarity seeking the common good, which allows them to lead by integrating the knowledge of the world, with that of others and their own, to tap into the thoughts, emotions, and behavioral styles of the people with whom they interact. Diversity is enriching and a source of creativity and innovation, but it is very complex to manage, so it requires wise people to do it.

Obviously, to be able to gather so many virtues, the being has to love himself very much and manage a great emotional intelligence that according to the American psychologist, journalist, and writer, Daniel Coleman "is the ability to recognize our own feelings and those of others, motivate ourselves, to properly manage emotions, both in ourselves and in human relationships” and take great care of the elementary principles of life, such as good habits, health, food; dress appropriately for the activity to be carried out; time management; meet commitments; not fall into vices, especially in drugs, casinos or liquor; take care of the athletic state by practicing sports and recreational activities according to age and physical conditions; playing chess, like the best mental gymnastics set with special music for concentration.

Recreational activities can be carried out with the aim of releasing tensions, getting out of the daily routine, and obtaining pleasure, fun, and entertainment. They also improve body language.

The dance has no age limit or greater difficulties, so you only need the desire to learn; it is one of the best recreational activities for older adults because it is good for the heart, raises self-esteem, improves body flexibility, muscular endurance, and memory.

 Chess raises the intellectual quotient; helps prevent Alzheimer's; strengthens concentration, which improves reading ability and enhances memory.

It is very convenient to act with Franciscan mysticism: you don't have to give to me because I love you, because although what I hope will not wait, just as I love you I would love you.

In addition, they must have sufficient income to meet their needs, prioritizing according to Maslow, who distinguishes five types: physiological, which are the first to appear in the human being; those of security that arise once the previous ones are relatively satisfied; those of belonging and love, esteem, and self-realization. 

  1. Finding or designing something that humanity would not have foreseen and whose use results in the solution of a problem is what is defined as disruptive innovation. Examples of that something can be a technology, a model, or a process. This type of innovation happens from one moment to the next, radically and without warning. Such characteristics differentiate it from incremental innovation, which occurs in a methodical, slow, and controlled manner. Allowing people to get an idea of what is to come.

Concept of AI: José Saúl Velásquez Restrepo's article offers an interesting insight into the development of practical wisdom in life. Several key points stand out that can help people cultivate this invaluable quality:
Submission and empathy: The importance of submission and empathy is highlighted as the starting point for the development of wisdom. Empathy, in particular, is considered essential to understanding and connecting with others. This involves seeing the world from other people's points of view and fostering deeper love.
Discipline and will: Discipline and will are essential qualities for the development of practical wisdom. Starting the learning process from an early age, practicing meditation and seeking knowledge are key aspects.
Reflection and experience: Practical wisdom comes not only from experience itself, but from reflection on those experiences. Learning from mistakes through reflection is a crucial approach to growth.
Critical and long-term thinking: Wisdom implies critical and long-term thinking that allows you to know the truth for yourself and act accordingly. This is essential for decision making and problem solving.
Perfection and acting with awareness: Instead of seeking perfection, the importance of acting with awareness and using available knowledge to find the best solutions is emphasized.
Lateral thinking: The importance of lateral or parallel thinking is mentioned to stimulate creativity and innovation by seeing beyond the conventional.
Helping others and solidarity: Wise people look for ways to help others and seek the common good. Solidarity and the search for mutually beneficial solutions are highlights.
Emotional intelligence: Emotional intelligence stands out as a key ability to recognize and manage one's own emotions and those of others.
Healthy lifestyle: The article emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle, which includes good habits, proper nutrition, exercise, and recreational activities such as dancing and chess.
Overall, the author presents a comprehensive perspective on the development of practical wisdom, highlighting the importance of authenticity, empathy, and reflection. These are valuable principles for those seeking to improve their understanding of life and make informed and wise decisions.

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