I often hear people say, “These days, kids know a lot” or “Kids are very smart.” That raises a few questions for me, such as … Are we (the adults) less knowledgeable or dumber compared to our children? Has the human species evolved so rapidly such that today’s children are so drastically different from yesterday’s?
I doubt so. I attribute it to the ‘information age’ or ‘knowledge-based era’ that we now live in – an exciting time when information is literally at our finger tips (with smart phones, iPad, wi-fi, and internet connection of course). Much of what was once highly priced ‘specialised knowledge’ is now freely available and accessible on the internet. Who needs to buy another how-to book when a Google search can bring up, within seconds, more articles than one could possibly read in a life time?
Perhaps very soon, knowledge will cease to be in demand anymore. What is needed more will be WISDOM. There are those who know a lot, yet remain foolish, and those who know little, but are wise. I urge you to start developing wisdom now … starting with one of my favorites that is featured in the famous Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change;
COURAGE to change the things I can;
and WISDOM to know the difference.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
I get on with life with a lot more ease and peace of mind, with that wisdom alone. And I’m particularly struck by the last line … “wisdom to know the difference.” Could be that the pathway to wisdom, lies in developing the ability to notice the subtle differences that will make a significant impact in our lives?
What might these distinctions be? Here are some to get you thinking …
- What we can control vs. What we can’t control
- What we need vs. What we want
- What is important vs. What is unimportant
- What is morally right vs. What is ethically wrong
- What is factual vs. What is fictional (fabricated by our interpretation and imaginations)
- What is undeniably true vs. What is seemingly true (but unvalidated)
- What is essential vs. What is superficial
- What is helping or enabling vs. what is hindering or limiting
The list goes on … now, what is the one new ‘wisdom’ that you will develop today that will make a difference in your life? Tell me, for I’d love to benefit from it too.
Your Wise Dad