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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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Proverbs as Custodians of Native Wisdom - Rhetorical devices are essential ‘condiments’ of every interesting discourse, since no discourse can be effective without them. Hence, Harris (2008) asserts that in every text, they are next in importance to appropriate and clear thesis, sufficient supporting arguments as well as logical and progressive arrangement of ideas. The beauty and effect inherent in rhetorical devices reside in their being potential persuasive tools, especially in argumentative discourses, court room discourse, for instance....   [tags: proverbs,rhetorical device, things fall apart]
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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 - John Heywood once said, “Two minds are better than one”, and this just may be true when people need the best solution to a problem. In Suroweicki’s book, The Wisdom of Crowds, he expresses a common belief that if a group is working towards a mutual goal, than their results will by far surpass those of a single individual. The Law of Averages helps determine a group’s ability to collaborate its ideas into a single outcome, which confirms how Surowiecki’s ideas that a larger group of people can provide many accurate predictions....   [tags: The Law of Averages, Results]
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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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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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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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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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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 forc...   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 978 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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Wisdom of Socrates - Socrates was a man that was in search of the truth about wisdom. However, it became more than just a simple search, rather it tuned into a complex assignment where the answer of true wisdom leads Socrates to be brought up on charges of corrupting society. As a philosopher Socrates is known to take every angle of an argument and to never put belief into one idea. Therefore Socrates was known to perplex even simple ideas and to frustrate his opponent. People who have experienced this accuse Socrates of making his own truths about the natural and unnatural world when in actuality he his still in search of a better meaning....   [tags: Socrates] 507 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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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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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...   [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 ou...   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 625 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 thi...   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 408 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 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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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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Respect, Hard work and Wisdom in ACelebretion of Grandfather´s by RudolfoA. Anaya - ... This is shown in one text in particular. In the nonfiction, A Celebration of Grandfathers, by Rudolfo A. Anaya, his grandfather’s quotes give insights on the signs of respect, hard work, and wisdom. To begin, Anaya’s grandfather teaches his grandson respect, this being achieved by showing him examples of his life. In New Mexico, where this story takes place, there is a certain level of respect for the elderly that most don’t see in common cultures. It is shown that respect is greatly looked upon, as they are the first lines of the story....   [tags: Elderly, Respect]
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The Way Ancient Greeks Saw Happiness - The ancient Greeks valued wisdom above all other virtues. They saw wisdom as the ultimate way to happiness. To gain happiness in ancient Greek culture meant that one had to suffer. All Greeks, including Plato, Socrates, and Aeschylus believed that through suffering one would gain knowledge and wisdom. In Aeschylus’s play Agamemnon, the main theme is suffering. In the play, Zeus is portrayed as a god who makes mortals suffer in order for them to learn from their experiences. This means that learning is a natural process....   [tags: greek philosophers, socrates, wisdom]
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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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The Wife of Bath: How Being Married Five Times Gives Wisdom - The Wife of Bath’s Tale is among the best known of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It provides insight of women roles in the later Middle ages, and the Wife of Bath opinion on marriage. Though some question and disapprove of her multiple marriages, the Wife of Bath speaks about marriage and how being married five times gave her wisdom and gifts. She openly speaks about the subject of marriage and sex. By this creating insight for readers on the most important issue in marriages: behavior in marriage, female dominance, and equality....   [tags: women roles, geoffrey chaucer, marriage]
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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Of all the qualities in a hero, the ones that make helping a heroic act are honesty, wisdom, dedication and conviction, which John from Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher and Clarisse from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury portray. John and Clarisse are both honest about everything no matter what anyone says or thinks. They also take the wisdom they gain from their experiences, and use it to create a positive impact on those that they are helping. The level of dedication that John shows is one side of a pole while Clarisse’s level of dedication is on the other....   [tags: hero, qualities, honesty, wisdom]
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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway - The infamous Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." For Ernest Hemingway, the characters that he places in his stories are forever searching for peace. Much like in life itself, the achievement of temporary peace throughout the path of a lifetime can be both minute and momentous. The writer uses the literary devices of indirect characterization, setting and symbolism in order to enhance his final classification of peace....   [tags: Peace, Wisdom, Literary Analysis] 1294 words
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King Solomon's Advice by Walter L. Porter - The book King Solomon’s Advice, authored by Walter L. Porter, is a detailed study of the wisdom and advice of Solomon. The author sets forth to present the advice of Solomon, by interjecting his own thoughts and then backing what he states with the words of Solomon, or another Biblical author. The author states that he does not desire to speak much on the subjects, but rather allow the Bible to speak, with only a few comments from himself. He [the author] states that he hopes the information contained in his book will be worthwhile and usable for others....   [tags: Advice, Wisdom, Analysis] 1081 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston - Henry David Thoreau once said, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” This excerpt of wisdom is prevalent in the journey of Janie Mae Crawford, the protagonist in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie spends the entirety of the novel searching for love and companionship, and on the way she discovers her truest self. When she finally determines her own identity, she realizes that she is a strong, independent woman of color who can defy the stereotypical standards placed upon women in the early 1900s....   [tags: janie, wisdom, tea cake] 954 words
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The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles - Even though pride can be a good thing at times, it is hurtful, it is an emotion that can make or break someone. “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Manimtim-Proverbs 13:10). In Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays translated by Robert Fagles, advice is one thing both Creon and Oedipus did not want to hear from people. A wise man will make mistake, take advice and learn, but a fool will not, they will let their pride get in the way. When I think of Creon and Oedipus, I think of them as fools; even though they both become king, they still lost something in the end due to their arrogance and excessive pride....   [tags: pride, creon, wisdom]
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Tackling Tragedy Through Group Effort - Common sense seems to dictate that only one individual person will have the best answer possible. In Suroweicki’s book, The Wisdom of Crowds, he believes that “under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent and often smarter than the smartest people in them” (XIII). Suroweicki’s way of thinking is extremely useful because it explains why groups of people are collectively smarter when working towards a common goal. More importantly, the events following the tragedy that happened to the Saddle Tramps Motorcycle Club confirm it....   [tags: The Wisdom of Crowds, Suroweicki]
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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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The Optimum Philosophy For Education - Introduction My personal philosophy of education is to produce a holistic individual with strong character and strong morals and provide freedom that enables the person to grown into a virtuous and free adult. The purpose of education within this framework is to give the learner the power to make wise decision that would positively impact on his life as well as the lives of the entire society. In discussing my personal philosophy of education, I will elaborate on the aim of education, address the role of the teacher and the learner and explain them method of classroom practices....   [tags: Character, Morals, Beneficial Wisdom] 1010 words
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When the Memories Remain - ... She walked straight and her face held forward. She is a “Bedouin”; Bedouins live in the desert and they herd camels, sheep and goats. My grandma looked like most Bedouin women, powerful, smart and active. She fed camels, milked them and took care of their calves. My grandmother Gouzail had many home duties; cooking three times a day and cleaning the house every morning. Although my grandmother Gouzail didn't go to school and couldn’t read, she had the strongest memory ever I know. Kindness was one of the lessons I learned form her....   [tags: grandmother, war, wisdom] 832 words
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