What is wisdom?
Why is it important?
How can it be developed?
The Wisdom Page is a website dedicated to helping us better understand wisdom—that vitally important pinnacle of human virtue and philosophical and psychological development.
There are no short answers to the questions above—to the nature and value of wisdom—but there are answers. The Wisdom Page provides a rich and diverse array of thoughtful responses to these questions, intended to educate the human mind and inspire the human spirit.
Indeed, wisdom is a multi-faceted synthesis of many human qualities. For millennia, students of wisdom and writers about it have associated wisdom with a number of positive human character strengths and virtues. Among them are the 48 that are displayed, one-by-one, over the "world at night" image above. (See Wisdom as Quality of Choices by Douglas McKee for a thought provoking, personal, and practical way to look at these 48 strengths and virtues.)
Further, while there is no easy or simple way to develop wisdom, there are clearly definable pathways for cultivating and strengthening it. Again, The Wisdom Page provides a wealth of advice and guided practices for the nurturance and growth of wisdom.
Since 1995 The Wisdom Page has been connecting those interested in wisdom with a wide range of wisdom-related resources. Over the years the website has expanded in content and grown in popularity. Now, each month it delivers more than 30,000 documents, podcasts, and videos to visitors from more than 140 countries.
The Wisdom Page team includes writers, teachers, wisdom researchers, and people from all walks of life who see wisdom as central to personal and societal well being. Amidst ongoing concerns over numerous perceived problems and challenges in the world today—environmental, economic, social, ethical, and technological— it is more important than ever to emphasize the critical relevance of wisdom in constructively facing these challenges. Wisdom is not just about “wise sayings” and philosophical insights of the past; wisdom is “vitally important” for our individual and collective future. Wisdom faces forward. Though numerous technological and economic solutions are offered to address the problems of today, we believe that the pursuit and development of wisdom is key to a positive future for humanity.
In the spirit of founder Copthorne Macdonald’s practice of including philosophically and culturally diverse writings and perspectives on wisdom, if you are interested in submitting an essay or other item for review and potential inclusion in the The Wisdom Page, you are welcome to do so.
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Copthorne Macdonald, Tom Lombardo, Leland Beaumont, and The Wisdom Page Advisory Board
The Wisdom Page was founded by Copthorne MacDonald in 1995. Copthorne passed away in the winter of 2011. He was a dear friend and inspiring and supportive colleague who possessed a deep understanding of both science and philosophy, as well as a personal presence and character that embodied the quality of wisdom. Indeed, Cop devoted the last couple decades of his life to the study of wisdom and the ongoing development of The Wisdom Page - the premier website for readings and other educational resources on wisdom. Read the complete dedication to Cop.
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life situations. Since Cop has passed away, this course is now self-taught; there will not be responses to your comments in the course.
Course in Practical Wisdom
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