They Call It Wisdom

“Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Herman Hesse, German novelist who was a Nobel Laureate.

I think he has a strong point. From my own perspective, wisdom develops as a thing apart from formal teaching. It requires suffering, taking risks, overcoming shortcomings, facing imminent or active danger.

Having lived through an urban riot, being held at gunpoint and following my two children through potentially life threatening incidents, by the grace of God, I hope I am a little wiser than in my shaky adolescence. It was extended because of graduate school and now that I have set it down in my memoirs I would like to forget that entire period of my life.

How about you?