Knowledge Vs Wisdom – A Comparative Study
If you go by the norms, then achieving a doctorate degree or even getting a top academic post would definitely mean that you are a scholar or on the verge of becoming the same.
Once you get the tag of a scholar, it is expected that you are having a vast amount of knowledge. Unfortunately, it is this knowledge, which is often construed to be wisdom as well.
But, Knowledge & Wisdom Are Different
Knowledge is what you gain through your extended learning, pains, enjoyment and real-life experiences, while the wisdom is that enlightening ray of light that guides you throughout your life for eternity.
There needs to be a clear-cut demarcation between these two words. Wisdom might not necessarily be reflected upon one’s day-to-day behavior that knowledge does.
A knowledgeable person can possess wisdom, but a scholar may or may not be a university topper or a doctorate for that matter. Wisdom is certainly something that one acquires from not merely books but from real-life experiences too.
In a crunchy situation, knowledge may suggest you a valuable solution, but it is the wisdom that guides you to get out of that situation in an invincible manner. You can apply wisdom to your real-life only when you have properly understood all its aspects.
Which One Is More Important?
This can be better illustrated with what the great scientist Albert Einstein has once said ‘Imagination is the greatest wisdom.’ The same holds in reality too! Wisdom has some quintessential properties of imagination.
Many scientists are born every year, but how many of them could match with the legacies to that of Albert Einstein or even Isaac Newton?
None! Now, what is the dividing line between the famous scientists such as Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, or Galileo and the rest?
Yes, you got it right. It is the wisdom backed up by imagination and innovation. A real success of a scientist is how he disseminates his scientific knowledge to the masses, and works towards the larger welfare of mankind.
Knowledge is rational. It analyses what happens next and what to do next. Wisdom is spontaneous – It can strike the human mind anytime owing to their personal real-life experience. A simple idea could suddenly spark in the grey matter and the rest is history.
Wisdom leads to some kind of confusion in its nascent stage but knowledge doesn’t. Wisdom provides an everlasting solution to a problem when it comes to real life. Wisdom is undefined. Nobody can perfectly or completely define it.
Wisdom Begins Where Knowledge Ends
Whatever you do in life, remember one thing that it is always better to be considered a fool while you exercise your wisdom…
Never try to impress others with your knowledge or education. Anyway, words of wisdom are always misunderstood… someday, somewhere and sometime by someone in some sense!