BY SOFO ARCHON
Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living.
To examine your life means getting to know yourself and the world around you better, and hence becoming wiser and reaching to higher states of consciousness.
Highly intelligent people are always in a constant search for wisdom, and to them nothing can be more important than that — they find that life without wisdom is meaningless and utterly empty. But how can one be wise?
How to Be Wise: A Practical Guide
Below are five “secrets” that can function as a guide in your journey to wisdom and which might completely change the direction of your life, in a tremendously positive way.
1. Doubt tradition. The first secret on how to be wise is to doubt the beliefs that have been handed down to you by tradition. Any ideology — whether religious, philosophical, political, and so on — that doesn’t sprout from your own understanding should be honestly questioned and scrutinized — if not, your ideologies will only help keep you imprisoned in blind faith and ignorance.
2. Seek knowledge. After you have doubted your beliefs, start your journey to knowledge. Seek to learn from anywhere you can, whether that is books, documentaries or anything that you find helpful — but always remember to think critically and be open to change.
3. Apply your knowledge. Knowledge becomes wisdom only once applied, otherwise it is just an unnecessary burden. Many people boast about their knowledge and they preach a lot, but they don’t practice what they preach. If you want to be honest with yourself and others, be sure embody your knowledge and express your values and ideas by your very way of living.
4. Learn from your mistakes. Once you apply your knowledge, it’s very likely that you’ll find out that you’ve made plenty of mistakes. Society has conditioned us to believe that making mistakes is something bad that we need to keep away from, but highly intelligent people have realized that making mistakes is exactly what is helping us to become wiser, by showing us which are the wrong paths to avoid in life and which direction to take in order to overcome any obstacles that might be hindering our way.
5. Let go of the past. No matter how many mistakes you’ve made in the past and how many times you’ve failed, what lies in the here and now is what’s most important. Nobody is perfect and failure is a necessary part of life. So learn from your past yet don’t be attached to it — always move forward, without regrets. Learning to let go of the past will give you the freedom to adapt to change and evolve, without being held back by mental and emotional constraints.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ~Albert Einstein
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