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What is Wisdom? - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines the word wisdom as “the quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, based on knowledge, experience, understanding, etc.; good judgment; sagacity (penetrating intelligence and sound judgment).” In this paper, I will present my interpretation of one instance of how wisdom is obtained and hopefully passed on. I perceive wisdom as the ability to make the best decision or select the best course of action according to the current situation with respect to prior similar situations and their outcomes....   [tags: essay on wisdom]
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Absence of Children's Wisdom in the Bosnian Conflict - Absence of Children's Wisdom in the Bosnian Conflict “There was never a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword”(1). In the films, Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, No Man’s Land, and The Fourth Part of the Brain, the Bosnians were not particularly nationalistic or savage, rather; they were normal people whose leaders led them into a violent struggle with their friends and neighbors, which was exacerbated by a lack of effective assistance from the international community and the UN....   [tags: Bosnia Conflict History Children Wisdom Essays]
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Wisdom - Wisdom Confucius said: " The knowing enjoy water, the humane enjoy mountains. The knowing are diligent; the humane are quiet. The knowing are happy, the humane are long-lived."(611) Water is vital to existence and is moving streaming and flowing away from the mountains, across all terrain. Mountains, however majestic, remain stationary forever. To know and to know more one must move and learn. Knowledge also expands appetite for more knowledge therefore the ones who know, will diligently work to know more and to better the world instead of quietly accepting it....   [tags: Papers] 2131 words
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Job's Wisdom - The Book of Job allocates a strong emphasis on the series of questions Job ponders about God in his state of existential despair, and through these questions, although he does not achieve a concrete answer, he acquires a new insight. In the story, Job goes through a progressive chain from accepting the actions of God to questioning it and finally achieving an understanding. Wisdom, in a general sense, is one’s ability to understand, through the process of gaining exceptional insight and judgment, uncertain and perplexing matters....   [tags: Bible, The Book of Job] 1486 words
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Job's Wisdom - The Book of Job allocates a strong emphases on the series of questions Job ponders about God in his state of existential despair, and through these questions, although he does not receive a concrete answer, he attains a new insight. Job goes through a progressive chain from acceptance of God’s actions to questioning it and finally achieving understanding. Wisdom, in a general sense, is one’s ability to understand, through the process of gaining exceptional insight and judgment, uncertain and perplexing matters....   [tags: Bible, The Book of Job] 1495 words
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What is Wisdom? - What is Wisdom. At first glance, wisdom would be defined as the ability to apply knowledge. However, there is much more to wisdom than just that brief of a statement. The New Expanded Webster’s Dictionary defines wisdom as “sound judgement and sagacity; prudence; learning or erudition (pg 378)” What exactly does this definition mean. Some fallacies about wisdom include: confusing wisdom with intelligence, having a college degree, having common sense, or simply having life experiences. In order to prove these fallacies wrong, the definition of wisdom needs to be explored....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Search for Wisdom - The Search for Wisdom Wisdom, as defined in the dictionary, is "the sum of learning through the ages; knowledge". Plato's Socrates indicates that wisdom is the acknowledgement of ignorance. This statement may be hard to prove as true. If a deaf and dumb man came to realize that he knew nothing, because he is not able to learn it, does this make him wise. I do not believe so. Then, if a prominent professor who has studied for years and has learned many things, comes to believe that he is ignorant to the true ways of the world, does that make him wise....   [tags: essays research papers] 814 words
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Ally's Wisdom - Ally's Wisdom I have baby-sat Ally, a little girl who has mild autism, for the past several years. She used to only speak a few words and sit still only five minutes at a time. Now she is a child who can talk up a storm and sit with me for hours while we enjoy a video. She is cute, funny, bright, and very caring. Like the rest of us, Ally has her ups and downs. There are moments when she is confident and moments when she is feeling a bit confused. She can be serious or delightfully silly....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 382 words
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Quest for Wisdom - Quest for Wisdom: Two Approaches Two approaches to the “Quest for Wisdom” that I enjoyed are Walden, by Henry David Thoreau and Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl. Both of the authors took similar approaches by using narration of a main segment of their lives to explain their philosophy and how they arrived at their conclusions. Though both conclusions represent individualism they are strikingly different. Thoreau values the doctrines of Transcendentalism, seeking ones inner self through Nature, while Frankl Existentialism values the interpretation of individual experiences and responsibility of ones actions....   [tags: essays research papers] 908 words
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Nuggets of Wisdom - Nuggets of Wisdom My family and I often take vacations during the summer for relaxation, or to visit family, etcetera. On one such vacation, I learned a valuable lesson. Parents were created to teach their children little nuggets of common sense, but it is up to the children to listen. We were visiting the Central American country of Honduras. It was a bright, sunny, and hot summer day. Taking a break from sight seeing, and the heat, we took refuge in a tropical style restaurant for lunch....   [tags: essays research papers] 622 words
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The Wisdom of Confucius - The Wisdom of Confucius ' When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.'; That quote is one of the many morals stated by the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius, which we still live by today. The Wisdom of Confucius, edited and translated by Lin Yutang, takes the best things said and said about Confucius and put them into one three hundred page book. It follows his life, from his lowly birth in the small town of Tsou, to his death as one of the world's greatest philosophers....   [tags: essays research papers] 718 words
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The Wisdom of Socrates - Socrates was one of the first true intellectuals in human history. The societal conventions of his time condemned intellectual enlightenment. They viewed secular knowledge as an obstruction of the path to spiritual enlightenment which was far superior to any intellectual exploits. Socrates was a revolutionary thinker in that he recognized the benefits and importance of studying temporal elements instead of devoting his life to religion. In the eyes of his contemporaries, Socrates' blatant defiance of tradition and religion as the sole importance of life and thought was so unorthodox that it was punishable by death....   [tags: Philosophy] 852 words
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Socrates' Pursuit of Wisdom - Philosophy can be defined as the pursuit of wisdom or the love of knowledge. Socrates, as one of the most well-known of the early philosophers, epitomizes the idea of a pursuer of wisdom as he travels about Athens searching for the true meaning of the word. Throughout Plato’s early writings, he and Socrates search for meanings of previously undefined concepts, such as truth, wisdom, and beauty. As Socrates is often used as a mouthpiece for Plato’s ideas about the world, one cannot be sure that they had the same agenda, but it seems as though they would both agree that dialogue was the best way to go about obtaining the definitions they sought....   [tags: Philosophy, Philosophical] 1155 words
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Context: Wisdom and Antigone - Younger people have tended to look towards the elderly for wisdom and guidance since the beginning of recorded history and beyond. Students to teachers, children to parents, ordinary people to royalty and politicians – generally those who have lived longer are not only believed, but expected to have garnered more knowledge in their longer lives. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Also, in 2008 the Australian newspaper published an article detailing a study undertaken by the University of Aarhus in Denmark, which disproved the theory that the mind is at its peak in the late teens to mid-twenties....   [tags: philosophy] 802 words
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Athena Parthenos: The Goddess of Wisdom - The people of Greece believed in mythology and believed they were blessed by the deity which inspired the artists’ creation of the spectacular sculptures including Athena Parthenos, the goddess of wisdom. Wisdom during this period was highly regarded. Most of the sculptures in Athens were made of different types of bronze. (See Figure 1.) This is a copy of the sculpture of Athena Parthenos, dressed in battle attire, that was originally created by Phidias during the period of 447-39 B.C. The statue of Athena Parthenos was to be constructed, not of bronze, but of gold and ivory....   [tags: Art]
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Suroweicki's The Wisdom of Crowds - ... At first, it started with only a select few protesting against it but then it rapidly grew into a large group of people. Later the group of people who were responsible for the strategies, press releases and everything else needed for the campaign became a “court committee”. This shows that groups who have a purpose will have the ability to organize regular people to achieve a significant result. Through my own experiences, it is obvious that around every corner, there are groups of people, but whether or not they can meet all the characteristics that Surowiecki describes as necessary is something that remains unclear and needs further discussion....   [tags: The Law of Averages, Results]
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The Wisdom of Atticus in Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on “Maycomb’s usual disease,” as a pivotal part of the book, but also shows that compassion and wisdom can exist in these most bleak areas. The prejudice and bigotry comes from the lack of knowledge of Maycomb, and their fear to change what they have grown up with. Pre-conceived ideas are the main reason that Maycomb is ignorant of black people as they are afraid what a change of those pre-conceived ideas will bring. Even so, compassion still exists, as Atticus is able to save Scout and Jem from the influence of ‘Maycomb’s usual disease.’ Wisdom is also embodied by Atticus, where his wisdom, which is not necessarily knowledge but life experience, is able to force him to do things which are right, shown in his reluctant shooting of the rabid dog....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird] 978 words
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Definition Essay - What is Wisdom? - What is Wisdom. If one asks the majority of people what the word wisdom means, most will answer vaguely that it is the knowledge gained during a lifetime. However, wisdom is much more than just knowledge gained; it signifies the accumulation of knowledge, the application of learning, and the personification of God's will in the creation of the universe (according to the American Heritage Dictionary, 6th ed.). The abstract nature of the word wisdom allows for broad interpretation of its context....   [tags: Expository Definition Essays] 571 words
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Wisdom According to the Bible - Wisdom According to the Bible What does it mean to have wisdom. Some may say to be wise is to have enough knowledge and good judgment to make well thought out life decisions. Wisdom is a common term mentioned throughout out the New Testament Epistles and the entire Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom and knowledge. It talks about ways to be wise and ways to be foolish. Through out the Bible there seems to be different types of wisdom and it is described in different ways. Analyzing all types of wisdom and knowledge will help us decide what the Bible means to be wise. First let us look at what the Old Testament has to say about wisdom....   [tags: Papers] 616 words
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The Relation Between Learning and Wisdom - The Relation Between Learning and Wisdom "But aren't love of learning and love of wisdom the same?" Socrates asks Glaucon in Book II of Plato's Republic. "Yes, the same," Glaucon answers. And the dialogue passes on to the next point. Today, outside utopia one might question whether these two are the same, since we so often see the one pursued in the absence of the other. In an essay of no more than 750 words, take up the problem of the relation between learning and wisdom. For many college students, the only time the relation between learning and wisdom becomes evident is when an exam is placed before him or her, and the nature of the college experience abruptly changes from passive learning to the conveyance of that learning, under the constraints of time, pressure, and the endurance of the muscles in the hand....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essay Example] 805 words
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Graduation Speech: The Quest for Wisdom - There is a distinct difference between knowledge and wisdom. I can tell you that as honor society president I have seen many smart people do stupid things. Let's just say that mixing a very large lunch with a bobbing ship and an admissions officer from the University of California equals a vomitous situation. Today, we are sitting here celebrating the fact that we spent four long years in high school matriculating, which means actually learning to use words like matriculation. But I am going to go out on a limb and say that while we have acquired all of this knowledge, we are still incredibly dumb, and I am not referring to WASL scores, I mean that we have not had the opportunity to apply our knowledge....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 625 words
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Hamlet: The Wisdom of Polonius - Hamlet: The Wisdom of Polonius            The disadvantage of the practical man's world is that it breaks down, and refuses to work, and then he finds out, at the cost of enormous distress and suffering, that he has been working on a theory all the time, but a wrong theory; and he wishes he had done a little more thinking before it was too late.  Gradually it is becoming plain to a world which has always scoffed at the philosophers that a society run on the lines of Polonius, every man being true to himself or to his own class, will not in the long run work, but will infallibly explode, with hideous ruin and combustion, into chaos, and make way for a society which shall be less selfish....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet] 1255 words
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The Path to Divine Wisdom - The Path to Divine Wisdom Throughout history different segments of society have struggled for such liberties as personal freedom and eternal happiness. For centuries man has attempted to "find" himself, posing the questions "Who am I?" and "Who do I want to be?" People tend to express themselves physically, spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally in order to promote their image, their sense of identity and individualism. During the late 1820's and 1830's, Transcendentalism emerged as the defining American philosophy....   [tags: Papers] 1290 words
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Critique: Tribal Wisdom - Tribal Wisdom David Maybury Lewis (1992) wonders if we, as Americans, by having systematically chosen to dismiss as 'odd', 'weird', and not the 'right' way to live; in our views of foreign tribal cultures, have been hoisted by our own petard. By using his definition of a tribal society (for which there really is no one single way of life): "small-scale, pre-industrial societies that live in comparative isolation and manage their affairs without central authority such as the state", (p 6) he questions whether cultural roads industrialized "modern" societies have chosen have caused the serious social problems we suffer today....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Essay on Wisdom in Twelfth Night - Beyond Seriousness to Wisdom in Twelfth Night         Shakespeare seems preoccupied with madness and folly in Twelfth Night. The word "fool" and its variants ("foolery," "foolish," and so forth) appear eighty times in the play, and the word "folly" occurs seven times. There are, in addition, other means of indicating foolishness such as Maria's "Now, sir, thought is free" (1.3.67). As Feste suggests, "Foolery ... does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere" (3.1.39-40). Robert Armin, who originated the role of Feste, was fascinated by fools and wrote Foole upon Foole, a book which treated this subject....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]
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UNCOMMON SENSE A PROVERBIAL GUIDE TO WISDOM, WEALTH, AND WOMEN - Over the past thirty years, America and much of the developed world have experienced tremendous increases in technology and information. The “information age” has led to rapid gains in the flow and availability of data. Personal computers, emails, texts, tablet computers, cable or satellite television, and the internet are now within the budget of most American consumers. The advent of such remarkable communication methods brings exponential increase in the amount of information stored and transmitted....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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College Admissions Essay: Seeking Wisdom - Seeking Wisdom My neighbors aren't too surprised to see me in my front yard at midnight frantically scraping off the back window of my car. A couple of months ago, I began to write messages there, on the smooth glass. This week's is "A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle." Project Wisdom inspired me to transform the back of my car into my billboard to the world. At my high school the "Words of Wisdom" are read every day. Several of the daily readings ask the question "What are you waiting for?" As Student Council President, I am always encouraging students in my school to participate in community service projects and school pride activities, but I didn't think I could have any impact outside of school....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 408 words
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College Admissions Essay: Teaching Wisdom - Teaching Wisdom Every morning in my homeroom, my principal performs the announcements. In his announcements, he updates the school on the activities that are going on that day. After his update, he continues on the intercom system to do the "Words of Wisdom" (Project Wisdom). This has made a great difference in my life. During the [Project Wisdom] program, my principal tells us a quote then he goes on to explain it. For example, he would say, "Danny Thomas once said, 'Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 625 words
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Wisdom and Foolishness in Shakespeare's King Lear - Tragedies are dominated by contrasts and conflicts between various entities such as, good and evil, legitimate and illegitimate, appearance and reality and so on. Another contrast is between wisdom and foolishness. If one associates foolishness with madmen and fools one will be surprised to find that in a tragedy such as King Lear this is not the case. Shakespeare portrays, the sane characters such as Kent and Cordelia as fools by virtue of loyalty, love and their willingness to speak the truth....   [tags: essays research papers] 680 words
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The Wisdom of Franz Kafka’s On Parables - The Wisdom of Franz Kafka’s On Parables Is it even possible to gain a better life through knowledge and wisdom. Should we listen to the words of the wise. Franz Kafka tries to answer these questions in his short essay ``On Parables,' with a resounding ``No!' In this Kafkan world, one filled with the daily struggles and cares of life, the only thing we can know is the incomprehensibility of it all. He states that all wisdom is expressed in parables then destroys any hope we may have by trouncing the authenticity of parables....   [tags: Kafka On Parables Essays] 2120 words
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Sun Tzu vs. The Wisdom of the Desert - Sun Tzu vs. The Wisdom of the Desert In the many forms it may take, conflict has been with the human race since the beginning of time. Conflict may occur within the self or with other; it has caused wars and created strife throughout whole countries as well as in the lives of individuals. The world has never not known conflict, yet many still seem to be distraught when it occurs in their realm. Conquering conflict then seems to be the conflict itself. Whether the conflict is spiritual or militaristic, resolving and conquering it sometimes uses the same tactics....   [tags: Papers] 2315 words
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Free Siddhartha Essays: Wisdom is Difficult - As human beings, we sometimes can not synchronize our minds and souls. When we are at our success of knowledge or intellect, we blind our mind with our ambition which comes along in reaching the knowledge or intellect. As a young brahmin, Siddhartha, has been taught that Brahmin is the soul of "Atman" or the 'Only One' (Chapter 1, page 5). It means that Brahmin is the highest position beside the Creator. This intellect alienates Siddhartha's 'Self'. He does not think that his superior's 'Self' will give him salvation....   [tags: Hesse Siddhartha Essays] 654 words
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Oedipus the King: A Painful Path to Wisdom - Oedipus:  The Painful Path to Wisdom Through the character of Oedipus, Sophocles shows the futility and consequences of defying the divine order. Oedipus served Thebes as a great ruler, loved by his subjects; but it is his one tragic flaw, hubris, which dooms his existence, regardless of the character attributes that make him such a beloved king. From the opening dialogue we sense the character of Oedipus. When confronted by his subjects praying for relief of the plague he reacts kingly and graciously, saying, “I am king, I had to come....How can I help?...Ask me anything....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays] 757 words
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The Wisdom of Frost Exposed in The Oven Bird - The Wisdom of Frost Exposed in The Oven Bird           These seemingly negligible birds, symbols of the lyric voice, have intuited the Oven Bird's lesson and are the signs by which one is meant to divine Frost's acceptance of the linguistic implications of the fall from innocence. The Oven Bird, who watching "That other fall we name the fall" come to cover the world with dust, "Knows in singing not to sing." Instead, "The question that he frames in all but words / Is what to make of a diminished thing." The fall, in necessitating both birth and death, imposes a continuum of identity that compromises naming....   [tags: Oven Bird Essays]
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Emerson and Thoreau as Prophets of Eco-wisdom - Emerson and Thoreau as Prophets of Eco-wisdom    The major premise of transcendental eco-wisdom is that connection with nature is essential for a person's intellectual, aesthetic, and moral health and growth. One must see and experience nature intimately, whether defined as the "not-me" or as landscape, to participate in the unity of Spirit underlying its visible processes. This connectedness is the basis of the self-reliance which determines how a person lives with integrity in nature and society....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 2277 words
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School, Education, Wisdom and My Life - School, Education, Wisdom and My Life One day in class, I was asked what I "know about", and how what I "know about", relates to me today, in my life, as I am living it. Well, this is an account of whether or not I know anything at all. If I do know something, I'll make clear of how it is connected with me. If I come to the conclusion that I don't know anything at all, then I'll write about something else, if I know what I'm writing about. I shall base this narrative around me, starting from birth, and concluding it with the now and present....   [tags: Personal Narratives] 891 words
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Keith Basso's Wisdom Sits in Places - Keith Basso's Wisdom Sits in Places There is a deep relationship between the environment and Western Apache people. The bonds between the two are so strong that it is embedded in their culture and history. Keith Basso, author of Wisdom Sits in Places expanded on this theory and did so by divulging himself into Western Apaches life. He spent fifteen years with the Apache people studying their relationship with the environment, specifically concentrating on ‘Place-names.’ When Basso first began to work with the Apache people, one of his Apache friends told him to ‘learn the names,’ because they held a special meaning with the community....   [tags: American History Western Apache]
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The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson - Student Task 1 - Reading and the Study of Texts - The Getting of Wisdom ( Henry Handel Richardson) 1) This novel is set in the early twentieth century. Identify and discuss two ways in which the manners and behaviour of Laura's time differ from what is acceptable today. When Marina (Laura's Godmother's younger daughter) called for Laura at the College on a particular Saturday morning, they set off into town to visit a 'co-operative grocery store' (pg. 65), wherein an order for a quarter's supplies was to be given....   [tags: English Literature] 1561 words
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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway - ... Through Hemingway's use of indirect characterization, the reader learns that wisdom is the old waiter's method for disregarding his problems, thus achieving a state of peace. Hemingway chooses to indirectly characterize the old man as wise in order to prove that because of the man's investment in knowledge, he is able to come to a state of peace. In the quest for peace, Hemingway clearly indicates, through the old man's characterization, that the old waiter is indeed the most successful in attaining peace....   [tags: Peace, Wisdom, Literary Analysis] 1294 words
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Commentary on The Heart Sutra - ... Here the text is demonstrating the lineage of the teaching. The teaching originates from another, who did not right the text. This shows the laws of cause and effect central to the Buddhist ideas of dependent origination and karma. In turn, dependent origination is necessary to understand in order to comprehend the nature of the Heart Sutra’s teaching on emptiness. The theme of dependency is expanded upon in the second section. Here we see that “the four perfect factors” of the perfect time, perfect teacher, perfect place and perfect audience are present (152)....   [tags: Mahayana, wisdom, Buddhism, emptiness]
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Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley - ... Thirteen year old Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with natural philosophy after he comes across a book by Cornelius Agrippa. He vies to seek more knowledge after he gathers works of natural philosophers known to mankind; he studies the works of the scholars with a growing passion that can only be described as unhealthy. His passion for natural philosophers burns with a greater intensity after he learns of “the philosopher’s stone and the elixir of life.” (Shelley 23) Frankenstein does not concern himself with the wealth aspect of philosophy, he hopes to “banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death.” (Shelley 23) His intentions that concern “the raising of ghosts or devils” are pure minded....   [tags: Limited Knowledge, Wisdom] 863 words
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Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley - ... His passion for natural philosophy and his desire for knowledge becomes an unnatural obsession. Situations worsen when his mother passes away, Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life due to his painful loss. Frankenstein says, "From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation." ( Shelley 32) His quest to gain knowledge has become dangerous. His physical state deteriorates as he works night and day to create his beautiful creature....   [tags: Knowledge, Wisdom, Danger] 1030 words
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King Solomon's Advice by Walter L. Porter - ... He then speaks about having the knowledge of God in “earthen vessels.” It is this readers understanding that the author is saying that the earthen vessels are copies of the original documents which are imperfect. This writer disagrees with the authors understanding. The “earthen vessels” that the apostle Paul was speaking of was not documents, but was the physical earthly bodies of those to whom the word of God had been given. The third and somewhat minor criticism is the translation that the author used in his study....   [tags: Advice, Wisdom, Analysis] 1081 words
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Tackling Tragedy Through Group Effort - ... Moving forward, the club began to collaborate with one another on ways to raise money for their fallen brothers and sisters. It follows then; the Saddle Tramps began to establish contact with local businesses for their support in this matter by setting up specific locations for donating. Other than local businesses, numerous motorcycle clubs also stepped up to help support this cause. Because of the accident, many fundraisers and other local events were organized. When it comes to planning an event its overall success is determined by how well the group is able to collaborate....   [tags: The Wisdom of Crowds, Suroweicki]
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Reaction to Suso’s Wisdom’s Watch upon the Hours - I have had a tremendous amount of frustration interpreting Henry Suso’s Wisdom’s Watch upon the Hours. The cause of this difficulty is somewhat perplexing. Suso does not write in a particularly difficult style, nor is the subject matter to abstract to grasp. Instead, my difficulties spring from two separate, but related, issues. The first is the lack of any definitive conclusion to the discussions of book one. After roughly one hundred and sixty pages of dialogue between Wisdom and the Disciple, Suso fails to provide an answer to the question of what exactly the reader is expected to do with regards to the meditations that precede the rather abrupt end of the book....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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Vico's New Science: The Unity of Piety and Wisdom - Vico's New Science: The Unity of Piety and Wisdom ABSTRACT: In Vico’s New Science wisdom is understood in a double sense. On the one hand, wisdom means the poetic wisdom that provides intelligibility for the peoples of the nations during their early stages of development. On the other hand, wisdom means the noetic knowledge gained by the Vichian scientist who contemplates concrete historicity in the light of the New Science. By means of an examination of three principle aspects of Vico’s science, and by looking to his conception of the origin of the most rudimentary institutions of humanity, primordial piety— fear of the mythic other— is shown to be the origin of poetic wisdom....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays] 2571 words
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Lost Illusions, Bitter Wisdom and Fragile Hope in The Tempest - Lost Illusions, Bitter Wisdom and Fragile Hope in The Tempest    Is Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, a drama of lost illusions, bitter wisdom and fragile hope. Before this question can be considered, one first has to interpret these terms. Perhaps "bitter wisdom" and "fragile hope" are fairly simple concepts to understand, "lost illusions" is somewhat less clear, particularly in the case of The Tempest.   There are three main interpretations of "lost illusions" that could be made. The first is that of a revelation of the mind; the discarding of an 'illusion' to reveal the truth of one's feelings....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Wisdom in King Lear by William Shakespeare and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom - Wisdom is a very valued and respected trait in our society and is associated with the elderly. In both King Lear by William Shakespeare and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, the protagonists were able to acquire wisdom after undergoing trials and tribulations. However, both these men began their quest as completely different people, polar opposites even. Morrie always emphasized the value of family and love, while King Lear saw these as trivial pursuits which at best can be used to elevate his ego....   [tags: Tuesdays with Morrie]
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Book Review Science and Wisdom by Margaret Kohl - Question: Discuss one or more recent books on the relationship between science and theology. Through this essay, I will be discussing the relationship between religion (specifically theology) and science with reference to a recent book on the topic by Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany, Jürgen Moltmann. The book being titled Science and Wisdom, translated in 2003 by Margaret Kohl from the German, Wissenschaft und Weisheit: Zum Gesprüch zwischen Naturwissenscheft und Theologie (2002)....   [tags: Science Theology] 1684 words
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Finding Wisdom in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels - Finding Wisdom in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels A wise man once said, "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger". Jonathan Swift obviously made good use of the moral of this quote when writing his book, Gulliver's Travels. In this book, Swift tells of Lemuel Gulliver's travels to fantastic nations that exist only in Swift's own imagination. However, as Gulliver journeys to these new places, his attitudes about the state of man and his morals gradually change. In every stage of his travels, Gulliver sees a new side of mankind that makes him pity the state of his kind, while allowing him to see the light and become a better individual himself....   [tags: Essays Papers] 987 words
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Wisdom vs. Vanity in John Milton's Paradise Lost - Wisdom vs. Vanity in John Milton's Paradise Lost In the seventeeth century, women were not permitted to embrace in the power of knowledge. John Milton portrays the only female character in his epic poem, Paradise Lost, as a subservient creature caught in a seemingly misogynistic society. Milton states Eve's location in the great chain of authority of his time quite clearly with her inferiority to man repeated frequently throughout the epic, especially amplified in Book IV and Book IX. Milton uses the character of Eve to represent the ills that can befall mankind after she (the woman) breaks the chain of authority in which she was placed....   [tags: Papers] 1317 words
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Graduation Speech: God, Grant Me Wisdom - The year is 2038. I, Bob Millings, am a retired multi-millionare relaxing on the porch of my beach house on the Northshore of Oahu in the Hawaii Islands. Having already earned my millions from selling the hundreds of Ichiro cards that I amassed throughout the past 20 years, I have nothing else better to do than lay on my beach chair and soak up the rays. Suddenly a flock of seagulls (yes, seagulls fly in flocks) crosses my line of vision, and a tear comes to my eye. Oh, how that magnificent bird reminds me of the best four years of my life at County High School, the home of the Seagulls....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 649 words
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Wisdom Leads to Suffering in Brave New World by George Orwell - Solomon spoke once, after a life filled with great wisdom of nature- chochmah tata’ah- that all of life exists for vanity, that purpose erases itself from existence and man is left with only a mean, purposeless life. Orwell, in 1984, realizes in his work that insight gained of the workings of a dystopic society, leads only to the discovery of purposelessness- the reduction of life to something other than that it purports to be. Orwell’s attack of wisdom takes shape through his usage of juxtaposition in character description, the telling nature of Winston’s state post-discovery, and a most mystifying metaphysical description: the peril of knowing too much....   [tags: essays research papers] 871 words
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Government and Politics - The Wisdom of Solomon Can Provide Mid-East peace - The Wisdom of Solomon Can Provide Mid-East peace The story of King Solomon's wisdom is well known and presents a solution for the conflict over East Jerusalem, which contains the historic section of the city so highly prized for containing many famous religious sites: time-honored mosques, various Jewish, Christian and Islamic shrines, the Wailing Wall, the foundation to King Solomon's Temple, in short, the "Old City." East Jerusalem is currently the loggerhead in the Mid-East peace process....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 675 words
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Wisdom of Parents in the Poem, Photograph of My Father In His Twenty-Second Year - Wisdom of Parents in the Poem, Photograph of My Father In His Twenty-Second Year We have all grown up hearing our parent's advice "Do as I say, not as I do". When your parents give this advice you do not always listen at first, but later on in life you may catch yourself using it. I believe it is very important value, respect and listen to what your parent's say; their experience with life is their major tool in shaping their children into adults. Parents have lived life longer than their children that is a fact....   [tags: Photograph of My Father In His Twenty-Second Year] 1154 words
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Herman Melville's Billy Budd - Innocence is More Important that Wisdom - Herman Melville's Billy Budd - Innocence is More Important that Wisdom      In Billy Budd, the author, Herman Melville, presents a question that stems directly from the original sin of ouAdam and Eve: Is it better to be innocent and ignorant, but good and righteous, or is it better to be experienced and knowledgeable?  Through this work, Billy Budd,Melville is telling us that we need to strike some kind of balance between these two ideas; we need to have morality and virtue; we need to be in the world, but not of the world....   [tags: Billy Budd Essays]
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The Optimum Philosophy For Education - ... Hence, Rousseau also perceived education as an important channel whose purpose is to instil strong morals and character in human beings. Similarly, Dewey in his pragmatism theory noted that the aim of education is to ensure that there is continuity in the life of social groups (Neil, 2005). In relation to my personal philosophy of education, continuity of social groups is only possible when people have strong morals and strong characters because strong morals bind people together. As stated above, human beings are social beings and their ability to socialize is based on the morals and virtues held by the people....   [tags: Character, Morals, Beneficial Wisdom] 1010 words
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anxiety: challenge by another name - ... One instance is during my senior year, I became the most popular teenager at my high school. The clique I joined was the most daring, respected group at school. Basically we were the most popular. After midterms, a new student showed up and was known to be very talented. Thoughts started bouncing in my head, “What if the new kid will replace me?” The days went on and the new kid grew more popular. It happened that after school I was watching videos on YouTube and one video gave me an idea. I was sure that if I attempted this daring stunt that I will earn back my popularity....   [tags: writing, spiritual wisdom]
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The Role of Women - ... The deed she did with Enkidu gave Gilgamesh a friend who was always there for him. When Enkidu was brought back from the woods by the prostitute, everyone surrounded and praised him. When Gilgamesh saw this he immediately disapproved and they started fighting each other. After the brawl stopped, they both looked into each other’s eyes and saw themselves. They embraced each other and started laughing. Gilgamesh had found the equal he had been dreaming about. Enkidu then tells Gilgamesh about Humbaba, a terrible monster that guards the cedar forest....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, power, wisdom, love]
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Farenheit 451 - ... Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. (Bradbury 73) This passage demonstrates perfectly how Bradbury is a wizard with words. He knows how to get his message across simply and efficiency without the need for superfluous words and “fluff.” The novel reads in way that is clearly understandable and simply put, but expresses a message that is actually quite profound....   [tags: Ray Bradbury, consumerism, knowledge, wisdom]
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Heroism in Beowulf - Superman, Spiderman, and Batman are heroes. They possess the two traits that are needed in western civilization to be considered a hero: wisdom and fortitude. These modern heroes have wisdom and fortitude. Did Beowulf possess these traits. Beowulf shows he is a hero through both his wisdom and fortitude throughout his adventures. Beowulf is a great hero because he possesses both wisdom and fortitude. Wisdom is one of the traits of hero, but what is wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to make the right judgment, the right decision, because the situation is fully understood....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1459 words
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Proverbs: The Family Rooted in God - The amount of literature dedicated to the obtaining of wisdom is limitless and continues to grow daily. Sadly the topic for most books centers around worldly wisdom. It should come as no surprise the Word of God also contains wisdom. However its wisdom is quite foolish to the world. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians makes this quite clear as he takes stock of the congregation in Corinth, 20Where is the wise man. Where is the scholar. Where is the philosopher of this age. Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world....   [tags: Bible] 1258 words
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The Theme of Power in the Book of Job - The Theme of Power in the Book of Job Introduction The book of Job is part of a collection of wisdom literature which was created form the 5th to the 3rd centuries BCE. Job is described as “a greater man than any other” and was from the land of Uz. Greater than any other man, yet not as great as God as he would soon find out. He had 3 friends who he had discussions with concerning faith, understanding, and the power of God and his relationship with the people. The main idea that I will present to you is the power struggle between God and Job throughout the text....   [tags: Scripture Analysis] 1208 words
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Aristotle's Philosophy on Purpose - Aristotle, the last of the great Greek philosophers. He roamed Ancient Greece from 384 BC until his death in 323 BC. In this time, he wrote an enormous amount of works, a variety of books from metaphysics to politics and to poetry. His variety is exceptionally impressive. His greatest known works are the Athenian Constitution and Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle’s works of Ethics explore a vast area of topics. He states, “The goal of the Ethics is to determine how best to achieve happiness.” In order to achieve happiness, one must live a virtuous life, in the mind of Aristotle....   [tags: Aristotle, Philosophy, Purpose, ]
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Solomon vs. Socrates - Solomon vs. Socrates: what they thought wisdom was, where it came from, and how it was taught. Solomon and Socrates are thought of as the wisest men in history. Solomon was a man of God who wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Songs of Songs in the Bible. The great philosopher, Socrates, lived in the Classical Age of Greece. Their styles of teaching and perspectives on wisdom were very different, but they did have their similarities. While Solomon and Socrates had the same perspective on what wisdom was, they had contrasting understandings on where it came from....   [tags: essays research papers] 1099 words
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Walter Dean Meyers - Walter Dean Myers expresses a lot of wisdom throughout his stories. In many of his stories he gives the wisdom of fighting for what you believe in. Two such stories are “The Glory Field” and “Ida Wells.” Both stories “warmed in my mind” to help me discover this wisdom. “The Glory Field” stresses the wisdom of fighting for what you believe in. Throughout the story were examples of this wisdom and how each generation of Lewis overcame their obstacles. One example was how Joshua and Lem fought for their freedom....   [tags: essays research papers] 389 words
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History of Philosophy - Throughout the semester our class has explored a chronological look at just some of the philosophers whose works have been published over time. Throughout the readings reoccurring themes, such as religion, wisdom, knowledge, reality and life occur and each philosopher offering their own opinions. Given these works, a timeline of viewpoints can be developed and can give a decent view of the shape of philosophy over time, as well as offering insight to how the time period and location may have shaped the views of philosophers....   [tags: informative essay] 1350 words
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The Great Literary Works Of David And Solomon - In the united monarchy during the reign of David and Solomon, Hebrew poetry and song reached its pinnacle in finesse and abundance. It places no emphasis on rhyming of sounds but is marked by parallelism, or rhyming of thoughts. Such are "lyric, to be sung, found most commonly in the Psalms; didactic, or teaching literature, represented by Proverbs" (Merrill, 1991, p. 218). These are expressed through their authors with a sincerity toward their fellowmen and most importantly to God. They express the human as well as denote the inspired Word of God....   [tags: Ancient Literature] 920 words
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Using Caffeine is a Sin Against God - Using Caffeine is a Sin Against God One of the most widely misunderstood commandments in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Word of Wisdom.  The question that seems to trouble many members of the church is whether or not caffeine is part of the Word of Wisdom.  In this paper, we will find that as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we cannot drink caffeinated beverages and say that we keep the Word of Wisdom.      President Hinckley asked and answered a question in General Conference on October 4th of 1997....   [tags: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints] 2101 words
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