Wisdom is essential to the art of living well. To live well, we need wisdom, not necessarily intelligence.
As a matter of fact, there is a difference between human intelligence and true wisdom.
Human intelligence is related more to the application than to the acquisition or accumulation of knowledge. By the same token, true wisdom is more about enlightenment than about intelligence. Knowledge does not necessarily make one intelligent, just as intelligence does not guarantee real happiness.
True wisdom is awareness that leads to enlightenment, which is the distillation of wisdom in order to discern what is real and what is illusory. Knowing the difference is the first step towards enlightenment that can bring about true and lasting happiness, which has little to do with the circumstances, the difficulties, or the problems that one encounters along one’s journey. Enlightenment originates from the individual self, or, more specifically, from the human mind. Enlightenment is acute self-awareness that leads to self-intuition during which the mind internalizes all the so-called truths available.
Enlightenment is the only true wisdom in living. Enlightenment requires the attainment of spiritual wisdom through human wisdom. Without profound human wisdom, understanding spiritual wisdom is difficult, if not impossible.
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau