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What is knowledge?

Knowledge is a collection of facts and information, while wisdom is the application of that knowledge. Knowledge is what we know. Clinical Psychologists said that knowledge helps us make a living while wisdom helps us make a life.

I gained knowledge during my eight years at New Mexico State University, where I received an MSc in Electrical Engineering. This knowledge was what I was taught in my classes. In school, we learn the rules of math, science, and language. And the grading system rewards the ability to give the rules back to our teachers on the tests they give. But school doesn’t teach us wisdom. I began to learn wisdom when I took my first job after graduating.

Wisdom is knowing when and how to use your knowledge, while knowledge is simply having the information available. Wisdom comes from experience and through the experimentation of applying your knowledge.

Wisdom is often more valuable than knowledge because it can be used to solve problems and make decisions, while knowledge is just a general understanding of something. Knowledge can be gained through study, while wisdom is often more innate or comes with age and life experience.

Finally, wisdom is often considered more holistic than knowledge, as it considers emotional and spiritual factors in addition to intellectual ones.

What is wisdom?

Wisdom is not the same as knowledge—it’s a deeper understanding of life and how to live it and an important element in achieving a satisfying life. You need to pursue wisdom to live the life that will fulfill you.

Wisdom is often hard-earned through life experience, while knowledge can be easily acquired through study. Wisdom is more than intelligence or smarts—it’s also about having common sense and good judgment. It is about making good decisions.

My knowledge helped me get my first job, which was good, but I would have done much better if ZI had the wisdom I have today.

One of the key differences between wisdom and knowledge is that wisdom always considers the consequences of one’s actions, while knowledge does not necessarily involve such consideration.

Finally, wisdom is usually seen as being positive and helpful, while knowledge can be neutral or even negative (as in the case of dangerous information). It is timeless.

How do they differ?

Marilyn Vos Savant: “To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

  1. One of the key differences between wisdom and knowledge is that wisdom always considers the consequences of one’s actions, while knowledge does not necessarily involve such consideration. A wise person thinks about not only the direct consequences but also the indirect ones.
  2. Wisdom takes into account the feelings and experiences of others, while knowledge does not have to. Wisdom is more about people, relationships, and your internal self than knowledge.
  3. Wisdom is often more contextual than knowledge—it considers the situation and the facts. The wise person understands that nothing has meaning outside the context within which it happens. Facts need context to be fully meaningful.
  4. Knowledge is being able to recite information, while wisdom is being able to apply it.
  5. Wisdom deals with intangible concepts like love and faith, while knowledge deals with tangible things like facts and figures.

Why does it matter?

When we graduate from college with a degree or two, we know everything, but we have had little experience using and applying the knowledge. We are not yet wise. This is why many professions have an apprentice system and levels of titles to indicate where we are in our growth path to wisdom.

All pediatricians have the same knowledge, but after they have practiced for tens of years, they make better decisions about treatments because they have seen the effects of using the treatments on real human beings. With experience and wisdom, we all make better decisions as we age. Well, not necessarily, but in general.

Wisdom comes with age and experience, while knowledge can be gained at any age. Wisdom is about making good decisions, while knowledge is simply knowing information. Wisdom considers emotion and intuition, while knowledge is more rational and objective.

Wisdom leads to happiness and fulfillment, while knowledge can be used for good or evil purposes.

Confucius: “To know what you know and to know what you don’t know. That is real wisdom.”