Articles about Wisdom
Below are excerpts and summaries
of various articles on this site regarding wisdom.
Our current lead article on wisdom is
Some Ways We Can Be Wise
by Tom Atlee
Wisdom involves extending our seeing beyond the appearances
of life, while also looking deeply into life. We are wise -- at
least to some degree -- whenever we extend our seeing from any
small perspective into a larger or deeper perspective. This expansion
of perspective takes us closer to encountering the Whole of life.
Even though that Whole can never be experienced in its full scope
and detail, any motion in its direction is a motion into wisdom.
Other articles include:
of Wisdom which elaborates each of the following
- Wisdom embraces the BIG PICTURE.
- It uses MULTIPLE WAYS OF KNOWING.
- It is INCLUSIVE AND OPEN.
- It is INSIGHTFUL AND APPROPRIATE.
- It is HUMBLE AND RECEPTIVE.
- It SERVES LIFE.
- It is GROUNDED IN RELATIONSHIP.
- It has an ELEGANT SIMPLICITY.
- It has INTEGRITY.
- It has PRESENCE.
Sources of Wisdom names
and explains each of the following as sources of wisdom:
- Personal and interpersonal authenticity
- Our resonant "core commons"
- Spiritual / Wisdom traditions
- Diverse people engaged in quality dialogue
- Holistic sciences
- Multiple intelligences
- Seeing into Deep Time
- Wise people
- Higher Intelligence
Excerpt from Wisdom and
A person or culture is wise to the extent that they comprehend,
value and support life's wholeness -- in any or all of its manifestations.
They also tend to embody or exemplify that wholeness in various
ways, and their engagement with life arises from that sense of
wholeness or is experienced by them and others as an expression
Excerpt from Generating
Wisdom through Democratic Process:
Democratic wisdom emerges from creative interaction among diverse
parties and perspectives, in co-creative service to the common
good. To some extent it emerges naturally, as the compelling presence
of diversity stretches people's perspectives to be more inclusive.
History is filled with democratic follies and catastrophes
-- and with wisdom that has little impact on the lives of ordinary
people and the fate of civilizations. We need to midwife a coming
together of democracy and wisdom. We need a democracy capable
of generating wisdom grounded in the lives and perspectives of
ordinary people and fully usable by them, which can simultaneously
provide guidance on technical, obscure public issues that could
make or break our survival as a species.
Excerpt from Empowered
Dialogue Can Bring Wisdom to Democracy:
Diversity is a resource for wisdom, for expanded perspective,
as long as it is engaged in generative dialogue... It is the combination
of relevant, adequate diversity and generative dialogue that creates
the wisdom. When people come together like that, they find powerful,
insightful common ground....
[This is because] deep within each of us is perhaps our most
potent source of wisdom, individually and together. There, at
the core of our being, lie our common spirit, our common life,
and our common humanity, resonating together in the symphony of
I call this deep part of ourselves our core commons
-- the ground of being that we all share.... True dialogue...
pulls us down into our core commons where interconnectedness is
waiting for us....
What can be wise - or foolish
identifies the following as potentially manifesting wisdom:
Using Synergy, Diversity and
Wholeness to Create a Wisdom Culture
This article describes the theory underlying holistic politics.
It explores the "more than" in the common phrase "the
whole is more than the sum of its parts" -- especially analyzing
different types of synergy and the ways in which the whole and
part embody, contain or connect with each other. The resulting
lessons are explicitly applied to the challenge of evoking the
wisdom of the whole on behalf of the whole.
January 2002 "Wisdom Society"
Tom Atlee did a survey of transformational thinkers involved
with a vision that some people have been calling "a wisdom
culture." Twenty-one respondents shared their ideas about
the nature of such a culture and also their understandings of
wisdom, itself, and its social role. Their responses were published
in the article linked above. Atlee's conclusions can be found
in The January 2002
"Wisdom Survey" Conclusions which provides a
detailed list of many diverse facets of wisdom.
and the Core Commons