How often have you had something or have known something, that could have helped someone else out?
Well, as we focus on wisdom, we see that is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, insight, and know what is true or right. Some of the attributes includes compassion, self-knowledge, unbiased judgment. Someone can have knowledge and not be wise but that same person can't be wise without knowledge. Not applying or sharing the knowledge can lead to neediness, bankruptcy, penniless, poverty-stricken or impoverished people or a situation.
If I asked you to name the smartest generation, would you have said the Millennial Generation, which includes anyone born between 1981-1996? If so, you would be correct. They have an intuitive knowledge of technology, passion for learning, and they are free-thinking and creative. To date, this is the most educated generation. They are characterized as being nurtured and pampered by their parents, confident, ambitious, and achievement-oriented. With all of this knowledge, they are still not considered the greatest generation. This title belongs to the Silent Generation, Americans that were born in the early 1900s to the mid-1920s.
You might wonder why they are considered the greatest generation, and the answer is... because they lived through and experienced the hardships of the Great Depression and later either fought in World War II or worked in places that contributed to the winning of the war. Some of their characteristics include integrity, humility, faithful commitment, financial prudence and personal responsibility. I would gather to bet that if you had to pick someone to get life lessons or wisdom from, out of these two generations, you would pick the Silent Generation.
What does the comparison of generations have to do with impoverished wisdom you might ask? A lot, when you think of the characteristics of each of the generations and the values in which they stood for. The Silent Generation took responsibility when faced with challenges such as the Great Depression and the wars. They worked hard jobs to survive, they looked out for each other, they made wise decisions when it came to their money, they were committed to family, friendships, and relationships, they valued honesty and trustworthiness, and lastly they knew the true meaning of self-sacrifice.
So the question now should be how do you change knowledge to wisdom. First you must have good character, second, you need to be stable in your decisions of being fair and firm, and lastly, you can't be divided in your mind, body, and soul.
So, although you or someone you might know is considered smart or knowledgeable, I challenge you and them to think outside of yourselves, to put this knowledge into action by using it to enlarge, increase, enrich and save others so that they can be knowledgeable as well. #SPEAK2MYHEART