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Humanity, Humility, and Compassion[edit source]

There seems to be some confusion over the best path to Wisdom.

Is it Humanity? Is it Humility? Is it Compassion?

It occurs to me that Compassion and Humanity are deeper and more difficult goals than Humility.

How do others feel about this?

Moulton 14:07, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

What the author intended the sentence to mean is the only source of confusion on my part. The words "Humanity" and "Humility" are only different by two letters ("an" vs "il"). An accidental slip of the fingers causing a different word to be typed than the one intended seems conceivable to me. Now that you bring it up, it is also conceivable the author intended the sentence to mean "Wisdom is choosing to do good". -- darklama  14:23, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I mean humanity, I am actively working on this course and expect to make substantial additions over the next few days and weeks. I appreciate your attention, participation, and patience as I construct and refine this. Regarding emotional development, the wise path shows the deepest development as "compassion" Thanks! --Lbeaumont 15:57, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Now, if we can just get Darklama to concur, we'll have a consensus on what the referenced sources suggest. —Moulton 16:17, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
    Now that Lbeaumont has confirmed no mistake was made, I choose to assume that students in Lbeaumont's class may know what "choosing humanity" means even though I do not from the current context. -- darklama  16:42, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

The First Paragraph[edit source]

The first paragraph is from a stub created in 2006. I left it there as a tribute to the stub-creator, but don't really like it. What do you think? Thanks--Lbeaumont 16:07, 14 February 2011 (UTC)


Over the ages, our ancestors have had to think and rethink the meaning of life. In this search, some came to have insights into important concepts of life. Though it may be found in some ancient writings, the definition of wisdom has never been mentioned. Rather, only the effects and how to search it will be listed.

Yeah, that's atrocious. Let's rewrite it from scratch. —Moulton 16:23, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
Ok I worked on it, what do you think. As I mentioned I have ambitious plans for this course and will be adding substantial material over the next days and weeks. I hope the material will quickly become clear and useful. If you are interested, perhaps you can take a look at my recently "(more nearly) competed" course on Dignity and let me know your comments on that. Thanks--Lbeaumont 18:08, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Current version now reads:


Although the subject of wisdom has been contemplated and debated by philosophers for millennia, there is little consensus on its definition. More importantly, although wise choices could help us increase human well-being, there is little understanding, discussion, or application of wisdom in our lives. This course explores the topic of wisdom with a particular emphasis on applying wisdom to solve practical problems.

That's better. Should it mention that Wisdom is the opposite of Foolishness? Or is that a foolish thing to say?

Moulton 20:57, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Illustrating Wisdom[edit source]

I am searching for an image illustrating the concept of wisdom. I appreciate your ideas and suggestions. Ideas include a labyrinth, or spiral instead of the present Ouroboros image. --Lbeaumont 13:38, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Potential Source[edit source]

Consider integrating material from the John Vervaeke video - "The Cognitive Science of Wisdom" into the course. --Lbeaumont (talk) 11:34, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

For example: As the child matures by studying and internalizing the adult’s perspective, the adult can progress toward wisdom by internalizing the sage’s perspective.