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Knowledge and Wisdom
June 03, 2013

I talked of ignorance last week and became quite upset at what seemed to me was an open and shut case. To be charitable the lack still of widespread understanding of what causes depression can be attributable to the slow transmission of knowledge through the system. As habits die hard and those who are committed to “outdated” knowledge fight hard, even if for the best of motives.

But knowledge is not the same as wisdom – or Métis. This is a powerful Greek expression which conveys to me a sense of grounded balance in response to what is presented to each of us in our daily lives. Marilyn vos Savant got it pretty well here, I would say.

    To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

And of course it is ourselves that we must be most closely observing.

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