The Definition Of Wisdom In Haddhartha's Wisdom

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“[Wisdom] was nothing but a readiness of the soul, an ability, a secret art, to think every moment, while living his life, the thought of oneness, to be able to feel and inhale the oneness”(Hesse 118). The dictionary definition of wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” After reading that, does it really seem possible to teach wisdom? No! Wisdom is a quality that has been sought after for thousands of years. There is a reason that only a few people have been able to be truly wise. Wisdom is not a mere basic or even deep understanding of a subject but a comprehensive knowing of life. To have a comprehensive understanding one must have not only knowledge but experience. Words are not enough to convey experience. When words are used to convey wisdom, the receiver of those words will be unable to understand because they do not have a comprehensive understanding of what is being said. This is made evident in the novel when Sidd is attempting to convey his wisdom to Govinda. Govinda thought: “This Siddhartha is a bizarre person, he expresses bizarre thoughts, his teachings sound foolish”(Hesse 134). Govinda was unable to grasp what Siddhartha had said even though he had been a student of the Buddha for many years. This means that no matter how knowledgeable one is, they can not simply learn how to…show more content…
The Eskimo people have at least 40 terms for snow. This means that they have a more in depth way of imagining the snow based on what word for it is used. The argument is that if language is adjusted and conceptualized differently, that there would be a way to teach wisdom. This argument is trivial because languages are very unlikely to be changed drastically, there are too many languages existing to change, and because even though people can understand more, they still will not be able to have

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