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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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The House of Wisdom Library - The House of Wisdom was a highly respected library that not only contained books, but collected and preserved them. The main purpose of this vast library was to translate Persian books into Arabic, which later expanded into the translation Persian, Indian and Greek texts. It was built during the 800s and was founded by the Caliph Al-Ma’mun . He was born in 786 and died in 833 after leading a life full of passion for knowledge. He was a Caliph during the time the Abbasid Caliphate strived to intregrate ethnic and religious minorities into their culture, which is what gave brith to the Islamic Golden Age....   [tags: arabic, persian, algebra]
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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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The Wisdom of Silicon Valley - ... You spend all your money to rig the rules so you get more money, which you use to rig the rules, etc. Silicon Valley redeems capitalism from Wall Street. If you succeed, you succeed and keep the money (mostly). If you fail, the company goes under. You can try again, but you don't get bailed out. Crucially, there is a healthy ecosystem, nobody gets too large and nobody is too small, at least within SV; There are marginalized people just down the street in the mission that aren't "in" silicon valley....   [tags: capitalism, market, deregulation] 534 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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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 Search for Wisdom in Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse - ... Not through doctrine did it come to you. And this is my thought, O Sublime One: No one will ever attain redemption through doctrine. Never, O Venerable One, will you be able to convey in words and show and say through your teachings what happened to you in the hour of your enlightenment. (30). In this passage, Siddhartha explains to the Buddha the flaw in his doctrine. He states that Gautama’s doctrine, and every other doctrine, cannot pass on wisdom through words. Siddhartha explains this by stating that it is impossible to explain through words or actions what happens during the hour of enlightenment, meaning that doctrines are hopeless attempts to explain what is needed in order to ga...   [tags: buddhism, enlightnement, self] 947 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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Understanding Hinduism in The World’s Wisdom - In the chapter on Hinduism in Philip Novak’s book The World’s Wisdom the section titled “The Transmigration of the Soul” describes the Hindu concept of reincarnation, the wheel of life, and ultimately becoming one with god. The lines in this passage very concisely describe the Hindu concepts of Brahman, Atman, Samsara, Karma, Maya and Moksha (Molloy). I believe that these concepts are at the core of all of the expressions of the Hindu religion; which makes understanding this paragraph the key to having a basic understanding of the Hindu religion....   [tags: religion, reincarnation, soul] 573 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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Approaches to the Figure of 'Divine' Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs - ... Women may also understand the scriptures from only the male point of view and therefore they may believe they are irrelevant to their ways of understanding their context, such as approaching their environment with a sense of care, respect and intuitive reasoning. However, this feminist approach is also questionable as their understanding heavily relies upon the grammatical gender nuance associated with the words Wisdom and Sophia as well as the Israelites appropriation of goddess language to support their argument....   [tags: feminist theology]
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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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The House of Wisdom and its Contribution to the Preservation of Knowledge - ... When they lost their power in the wake of Mongol invasions, the texts contained in the vast library was destroyed along with the entire city of Baghdad. However, because of the vast networks of learning that were established during the Islamic Golden Age, the academic knowledge was saved and deposited in various parts of the Islamic culture. Word Count: 767 Part C: Jim Al-Khalili, The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (London: Penguin Books, 2010) The origin of this source is the book, The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance written by British-Iraqi author, Jim...   [tags: Islamic Golden Age]
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Songs Draw Strength, Courage, and Wisdom from Poems - ... In the overview of each poem they also point out the characteristic of courage. Stanza three of “The Ballad of Birmingham” shows the young child in a light of courage. “But, mother, I won’t be alone. Other children will go with me, and march the streets of Birmingham to make our country free (9-12 Randall).” She is exceedingly eager to march the streets of Birmingham and make her country free and equal. The bridge from “Strength, Courage, and Wisdom” which says, “I close my eyes and I think of all the things that I want to see 'Cause I know, now that I've opened up my heart I know that Anything I want can be, so let it be, so let it be,” tells us she has found the courage to open her he...   [tags: freedom, courage, inequality]
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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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Meno Says Courage, Temperance, and Wisdom are Virtues - ... Temperance allows me to have balance, and good judgments which will allows me to have a calm life. It is because of temperance that I am able to remain calm in stressful situations, at the same time having a graceful and classic appearance in spite of the situation that I am faced with. For example I was looking at the news about the two HISD schools that they are closing and how the parents were reacting; they were screaming, cursing and auguring. Although they did not agree with the Board’s decision to close the schools there was a way to get their voice heard without all the displaced anger....   [tags: ethical, principals, morals] 799 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 The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Sallinger - It is widely agreed that Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye is unarguably the quintessential coming of age and initiation story . This story has been compared against Ellis’ Less Than Zero and T.S. Elliot’s Wasteland as being among the literature that best elucidates the alienation of our youth . The story of Holden’s transition into manhood has been compared against the American transition into consumerism after the world wars . The story has been elevated above bildungsroman to an epic of Odyssean proportion ....   [tags: holden, nuns, charity] 2635 words
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Milton's Telescope Trope: Vision and Spiritual Wisdom - ... Thus, imagery with the telescope becomes a trope for exploring these ocular limitations. In book I, when Satan looks through the telescope and views “an evening from the top of Fesole, / Or in Valdarno,” visibility is high and the image is clear. Later, however, the specular act of looking through a telescope by way of the moon becomes ambiguous. Whether in book I when the full moon “whose orb / Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views” (I, 284-91), or when the “belated peasant sees, / Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon / Sits arbitress” (I, 782-84), what observing figures see or do not see is checked by the density of their vision while the cosmic landscape remains immutably...   [tags: Paradise Lost] 1580 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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The division between knowledge, wisdom, and opinion - In modern society exists a constant struggle between individuals to develop the keenest intellect. Humans compete on a daily basis for the intellectual power over other humans. In conversations, arguments, tests, academic achievements, recreational quizzes & games, and in the execution of daily tasks, displaying one’s own intellect is vital. But how well do such events measure an individual’s intellect. What defines intellect in the first place. Intellect can be divided into three forms: knowledge, wisdom, and opinion....   [tags: Philosophy] 470 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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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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Socrates in The Apology, by Plato - ... Yet, no one person can be all knowing. It is not a lack of wisdom to only have minimal knowledge on multiple subjects. However, it is ignorant, and irresponsible, to speak or even attempt to teach another on subjects that they themselves do not know. After speaking with the politician, Socrates said, “it is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he knows something when he does not” (21d). His statement points to the underlying issue within a society and within each person....   [tags: Philosophy, Wisdom] 1109 words
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Odysseus and Solomon: Two Heroes - ... In the Odysseys, Goddess Athena blesses Odysseus when in difficult times, such in case when Odysseus is held captive. When Odysseus is captivated in the island of Calypso, the great goddess Athena calls every Olympus gods in a council, where she raises a concern that Odysseus is not yet arrived at home and suggest that he should be free from Calypso and to arrive home to his kingdom. She also raises a concern that he is without a man and a ship to sail safely back to the city he left years ago, saying “He is left to languish in misery in the island home of Nymph Calypso, who keeps him captive there....   [tags: Characteristics, Wisdom] 1125 words
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Don’t Worry: Be Wise and Happy, Study on Wisdom and Intelligence - ... Information is collected from an assistant professor, who has been studying about wisdom and intelligence. The conclusion in the study by the professor alongside other researchers and scientists is drawn from primary data collected from 240 respondents varying in age. The conclusion, therefore, can be greatly trusted due to the unbiased quality expected in the research. Moreover, the scholars involved in the study are experts in the psychology field. The scientists focus on the emotional and physical aspects of aging, where wisdom is considered as a factor in the emotional aspect....   [tags: perspective, encouragement, psychology]
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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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Commentary on T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom - ... He depicts war as brief flashes of tremendously violent activity nested within a boring and monotonous series of actions. Lawrence also provides a framework for the modern parlance of operational culture and irregular warfare. Though at times verbose Lawrence provides an incredible depiction of the Arab environment and human landscape in war. When viewed against the backdrop of First World War history, specifically his peers on the Western Front, Lawrence is an anomaly. He unambiguously loathes soldiering and can be particularly critical of his leadership, with the exception of Allenby....   [tags: World War I, Asia]
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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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The Wisdom of King Lear's Fool in Shakespeare's King Lear - The Wisdom of King Lear's Fool in Shakespeare's King Lear King Lear's fool is undoubtedly one of the wisest characters in the play. He is not only able to accurately analyze a situation which many other characters are blind to, but he is also able to foreshadow the actions of many characters and many other incidents to come. The main instruction the fool gives to the king is to beware of doing things that are unnatural, such as giving his inheritance, (splitting his kingdom among his daughters) to his daughters before he his dead....   [tags: Papers] 1934 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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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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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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Defining Virtue in Socrates' Meno Written by Plato - ... Due to temperance I am able to conduct myself in an orderly manner and not to overreact to stressors. It is because of temperance that I am able to control my actions, thoughts and feelings. Having temperance allow me to not to over react to problems but to handle them with poise and grace. For example on the news they were talking about closing two HISD schools wherein temperance was lacking. Media coverage showed parents reacting in ways that were outrageous. The vision embedded in my memory was one of embarrassment....   [tags: courage, temperance, wisdom] 1036 words
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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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Attaining Virtue in The Republic of Plato - ... In this way it is the same for the city, for in the city, wisdom lies with the guardians as they are the philosophers. The guardians are put in charge of the city because of their knowledge of how the city should be run. Because of this, the Guardians wisdom becomes the City’s. (Book IV) The second virtue that must be attained is courage. For the Individual, courage must be in the soul to resist temptations, and to be ready to fight. The same is for the collective, for in the city courage lies with the auxiliaries, as the auxiliaries are the ones who will defend the city and fight its enemies....   [tags: courage, wisdom, justice] 704 words
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Character Traits of Odysseus in Homer´s Odyssey - ... In the cave were livestock and a shelf with cheese laying on it. Odysseus's shipmates wanted to take all of the livestock and cheese back to their boat and sail off. Odysseus disagreed to this and wanted to see the person that lived in the cave. This showed his bravery knowing that there was a chance that him and his crew members were going to put themselves in danger. Another situation that displayed his bravery was when Circe told Odysseus that in order to reach his way back home he must speak with the blind prophet , Tiresias, in the land of the dead....   [tags: bravery, cleverness, wisdom, journey] 521 words
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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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Epicurus and Marx's View on Meaningful life - In Marx’s theory of “alienation” it highlights on his analysis of alienated labor carried out by political economy, and sees worker as a misery tool for commodity production .This paper will examine the contrasting perspective given by Marx and Epicurus for a good and meaningful life, and will suggest that Marx’s view is more persuasive than Epicurus, in particular because Marx’s concept relates to our contemporary social phenomena which are much more alike in what we are experiencing today. Indeed, this paper will emphasize two arguments which distinctly are different between Marx and Epicurus’ view on life....   [tags: alienation theory, wisdom]
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Character Analysis of Odyssey by Homer - Have you ever wanted something so much, that you weren't going to let anything come between you and that goal, even though you know it will take everything you have. Have you ever had a moment where you feel like giving up, but you keep going. King Odysseus is a man who had everything taken away from him on his journey home after the great battle of Troy, and he had many of these moments in the epic, "The Odyssey", by Homer. Odysseus shows his extreme amounts of determination all throughout this exciting story....   [tags: determination, wisdom, epic] 1409 words
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The Stage Manager´s Role in Thorton Wilder´s Our Town - ... He tries to show us that life is short so we must enjoy every moment, even the mundane ones. The Stage Manager isn’t some objective scientific observer making notes on a clipboard. He’s organizing the whole play, and that’s an important distinction. When the play opens, he spends a length amount of time establishing the background of the whole city and its people. As he narrates, he speaks as if he is omniscient. The way he speaks to the audience shows a great source of wisdom in the play. As the Stage Manager plays the role of the minister at the wedding and talks about weddings, he says that “Once in a thousand times it's interesting.” Again, this statement represents his source of wis...   [tags: Inspiration, Wisdom, Sadness] 553 words
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The Virtues of the Populace: Cicero Marcus Tullius - ... The vital caveat pertaining to the virtue of wisdom, and its purpose for the populace, roots itself in skepticism and Cicero advises, “we should not take things that have not been ascertained for things that have and rashly assent to them” (8). Upon laying a foundation regarding the importance of knowledge, Cicero proceeds to expound the practicality of wisdom for the political man, which pertains to promoting community through the application of justice. Among the virtues, Cicero grants precedence to the fellowship of men and deems justice “the most illustrious of the virtues, on account of which men are called ‘good’” (9)....   [tags: wisdom, justice, magnanimity]
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Comparison of the Male Leads in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing - ... i. 286). Shakespeare uses detail in the word “anything”. “Anything” means no matter what. Benedick agrees to do anything to express his love to Beatrice. The willingness to do anything to convey one’s love means that person loves their partner enough to do the vilest acts. Since both lovers are in relationships that end with the uniting of two people forever, whether it be in marriage or the afterlife, and are willing to do anything to show their love, having a loving heart is an important trait for the male lover to possess....   [tags: love, awkward, wisdom] 725 words
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