Wisdom: knowledge for living

Wisdom: knowledge for living

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius Two women come to King Solomon both claiming to be the mother of the same child....
Seeking wisdom: The great traditions

Seeking wisdom: The great traditions

Where is the wisdom we have Lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T.S. Eliot A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the...
Wisdom and folly: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Wisdom and folly: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Many years ago, the island of Crete was ruled by the cruel King Minos. One day he summoned to the island a famous inventor called Daedalus, who brought with him his son, Icarus, to do a job for the King. Minos had the inventor build a great palace for him, within...
Learning from literature: Ulysses, wisdom and virtue

Learning from literature: Ulysses, wisdom and virtue

“You were not born to be a teacher, I think. Perhaps I am wrong” “A learner rather”, Stephen said. “And here what will you learn more?” Mr Deasy shook his head. “Who knows?” he said. “To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.” – James Joyce,...