English 92 / 11:30 – 12:20 Final Draft / Due 11-12-06 Knowledge and Wisdom The revised definition for knowledge and wisdom are stated; knowledge, the fact or condition of being aware of something and Wisdom, accumulated learning. Knowledge and Wisdom only have two things in common, both require a brain and are very hard to obtain. Although knowledge and wisdom seem alike, and are often used interchangeably, they are really very different. When a knowledgeable person enters a room, she tries not to make herself too noticed, although she does want everyone to acknowledge that she is there.
A knowledgeable person knows things like times and dates, and just what should happen at this time and who should be where at that time. A knowledgeable student dresses to suit the ‘norm’ of her surroundings and makes an attempt to fit in as best as possible by dressing in a fashion that is accepted by everyone. A wise person dresses in a fashion that suits them, as long as they are comfortable, not worrying what everyone else thinks or believes to be the “norm.” Upon entering a room, a wise person casually greets their friends, engages in a little conversation and then continues on with their business, knowing that it is important to let people know that you enjoy talking with them. A wise person knows things such as the importance of dates and times and why things should happen. When entering a classroom, a knowledgeable student always goes directly to her seat and promptly takes out the previous night’s lessons so that she might review it once more before the start of class. A knowledgeable student knows things such as the multiplication tables all the way up to twenty, how to diagram every sentence that she hears, and the Chinese alphabet.
A wise student enters a room and jokes with her classmates before settling in their desk to take out her books, knowing that the time you share with your friends is just as important as the time you use completing your lessons. A wise student comes to class knowing how to use the multiplication tables in daily life, and why it is so important to know how to diagram sentences, and how to use the Chinese alphabet. Knowledgeable people spend most of their time planning out exactly when something should happen and just how long it has to take. And after they have completed the task of planning they spend the rest of their time accomplishing the tasks on their list; the only thought in their minds is that everything at one time or another has to be completed.
Nevertheless wise people are aware of the fact that you can only plan so much and the rest should be done when time allows. They know that it is impossible to plan every moment that one is awake, and that this is an ineffective way to live one’s life, if everything is done in a hurry, the tasks at hand will be complete, but the work done will never be completely satisfying. Not everything can be done in the time allotted; you must use your time for business as well as pleasure. In summary, knowledgeable people and wise people may have the same amount of intelligence and may be equally smart, but there is still a huge difference between the two.
Knowledgeable people know more often when and where, but wise people know more of the reasons, how something happened and why it is significant. For example, in the case of a personal tragedy, a knowledgeable person would know what was supposed to be said and when, but a wise person would know what needed to be said and how, already knowing the why. The telling difference between wisdom and knowledge is what happens within the brain. Knowledge is only information that I retained and recalled from one’s mind. In comparison, wisdom is the ability of one’s mind to apply knowledge to life’s experiences and derive the best decisions for perceived circumstances and environments.