(Cover Image & Source: Indian Chief Sitting Bull by Paul Franklin @ Franklin Art Studio)

… We, humans, are mortals, and as such we are just passers-by on this little planet we call Earth. But what is immortal is our soul and our works that will remain behind us, even when our material bodies turn into dust and ashes …

With these words we could start a short essay on the subject of the wisdom. What is wisdom after all, how can you become a wise man, what it takes to be wise. Are there some known steps that could lead us to better knowing what wisdom really is, or each and every of us has to find his/her own way.

Due to the fact that this subject goes deep inside into the world of matter, as well as in the world of spirit, we have to observe it from many different angles, and some of them are very mystical and for most of the everyday people totally incomprehensible.

… Words like love, happiness, wisdom … are too complicated to be explained by simple definitions. Throughout the centuries, people gave them various explanations, everyone in their own way. All these definitions are equally accurate, but none is unique and complete …

In the saying above, I had explained, in brief, that all the attempts to find a precise and whole definition of wisdom are useless, and that the expression itself is very complex and extensive. Instead of trying to find the proper definition, we will try to explain it through different everyday examples and the ways that it manifests itself in everyday’s life.

… The world is the mix of the greatest contradiction, and man is its greatest puzzle …

… To know the world, you must first know yourself …

This world of matter where we were born, who feed and raise ourselves is very complex, but not as close as complex as it is a human being, its material and spiritual principle. From that we can conclude that human being is not only the tool of this material world, but also its strongest weapon in the battle against prejudice, superstition and intolerance against other life forms, as well as that that we call “dead” nature.

Human being is the one that makes that difference, the one that “moves” the world, making it better or worser place to live. For all of that, we humans, have to be very careful what are we doing in our daily lives. To behave correctly to our environment, and according to the laws of God and nature, we have to start from ourselves. To fully understand the world that surrounds you, you have to know yourself, all of your virtues and flaws, all of your knowledge and skills. The more you become aware of all of your virtues and flaws, you will acknowledge that other people posses that same things, and that you should be careful when you say something negative against your friends and enemies, family and relatives, working colleges, as well as to the total strangers.

When you understand yourself, slowly you will start to understand others, because you will no longer look at others like total strangers, but as a some sort of images of yourself. If you look at others as the image of yourself, then you will think very wisely before you say or do something that can hurt them with some of your reckless word or deed. Nobody wants to hurt themselves. That is the main point of being wise, to observe the world with the same eyes, same approach that you look at your own life. Then, there will be no more room for prejudices and misunderstanding among the people.

(to be continued…)