Defining Common Sense and Wisdom

As a general rule of thumb, if someone beckons you to define a word, the most fitting response we can give is, “According to whom? In what context?” All words can be understood differently by all people.

Some definitions differ according to the differing views of different people in different contexts at various times in their life. It’s essential that people commonly only support (and comprehend) the definitions that they’ve already assigned to things.
In the paragraphs that follow, I’ll aim to define wisdom in a way which covers many of today’s most famous secular definitions.
If people continue to needlessly waste hours of their time pausing to correct words and definitions they use to articulate their experiences, human communication will become impossible.
In a general sense, I would like to define the term wisdom like this: The merging of factual knowledge and the experience-based understanding that link together in a way that gives people the highest likelihood of achieving an intended purpose or goal.

The Degrees of Wisdom

For example, in the context of a military battle, with justice on one’s side, the intended purpose or goal is triumph. A wise officer will have the necessary knowledge about the territory he’s to fight in, the forecasted weather and the assumed strength of the opposing army. The officer will also know where the enemy is situated, the tactics they have historically used, how experienced his troops are, and how fatigued they are.
As the battle commences, the officer will draw upon his experience and have the situational insight to recognise the moment when the enemy is slowing down to launch his final assault.
The officer is wise enough to know that failure could equate to his army losing the battle, but he also knows that almost all acts of wisdom demand some depth of courage. Wisdom is the imaginative, attitudinal, voluntary capacity to get somewhere or pursue a course of action.
So, to summarise what has become quite a cunning and military fashioned post, wisdom consolidates the three following factors;
1) Comprehensive knowledge of the facts about reality.
2) Profound insight into the dynamics of a situation.
3) The faith and integrity to act on this knowledge and insight.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is who you actually are, where your reputation is simply who other people believe you are.”

– Coach J. Wooden

So, why do I concentrate on wisdom so much? Because common sense is wisdom, and regrettably, wisdom isn’t conventional. Many of today’s schools and academic institutions cultivate a culture of fear and competition in their students.
Modern academia spawns an ever-expanding millennial culture of unreasonably prejudiced clones posing to be cutting-edge thinkers.
Sadly more students and teachers in today’s academic institutions are more motivated by not being seen as fools in the eyes of their peers than growing in the essential wisdom and insight that’ll sustain them for the rest of their lifetimes.
So, I urge you, pursue insight, experience, understanding and wisdom before all other things in your life. Your future WILL thank you for it.


Kain Ramsay
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As an established teacher of personal and professional growth principles, and a champion of mental well-being, Kain Ramsay is regarded as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders of modern applied psychology.