Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
~ Miles Kington
Qualities associated with wisdom include: a clear-eyed view of human nature and the human predicament, emotional resiliency, the ability to cope in the face of adversity, openness to other possibilities, forgiveness, humility, and a knack for learning from lifetime experiences.
We can learn about wisdom from its qualities. It is difficult to have a succinct definition because wisdom is something that wise people live rather than think about.
If wisdom were an Olympic event then the gold medal winner would most likely be about 60 years old.” Stephen S. Hall
Wisdom and the Heart
Modern Western scientific thinking, until recently, has limited the heart’s function to that of a mechanical pump. Historically, the heart was ascribed a far more multifaceted role in the human system, being regarded as a source of wisdom, spiritual insight, thought, and emotion.
Intriguingly, scientific research has begun to provide evidence that many of these long-surviving associations may be much more than metaphorical. Recent studies have shown show that the physiology of the heart, specifically a high variability of heart rate during low physical activity, is related to less biased, wiser judgment.
Human heart rate tends to fluctuate, even while a person is sitting. Heart rate variability (HRV) refers to the variation in the time interval between heartbeats and is related to the nervous system’s control of organ functions. Researchers found that people with more varied heart rates were able to reason in a wiser, less biased fashion about societal problems
Optimum heart rate variability (HRV) is directly related to the efficient use of energy and our health in general. An optimal level of HRV reflects healthy function, adaptability, flexibility and resilience. This leads to a decrease in stress related disease and premature aging.