One of the things that has become clear to me recently is that there isn’t really a definition of wisdom, even though many people talk about wisdom and the word is thrown around. Most of us have used it in every day conversation at one point or another, but there isn’t a definition for wisdom. Because of the interest in wisdom today, that interest is calling for a definition.
Most people do not know that there are two different types of wisdom. One of the types of wisdom is contrived wisdom, which is wisdom we try to do and put some kind of effort into it. For example, if we are angry, we try to be nice instead, or we avoid being angry in some other way. The other type of wisdom is uncontrived wisdom, it is spontaneous wisdom, just like tying your shoes is a spontaneous activity. Once you learn to do it, after that you remember how to ties your shoes. It’s spontaneous and the same with spontaneous wisdom. It is actually hardwired into us. It’s engrained, where as contrived wisdom is not. Spontaneous wisdom does not require any learning, only contrived wisdom requires learning. And it’s very difficult to learn to be nice. It takes up a lot of time and energy. Now, being spontaneously nice requires no effort at all.