Many people mistake knowledge for wisdom because they are intimately related, and this is unfortunate because they are quite different in an important way.
Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and information.
Jiddu Krishnamurti First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone.
No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Thibaut The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them.
Sadly, history is a lengthy record of the harms wrought by knowledgeable, well-meaning people who lacked wisdom.
In contrast to knowledge, wisdom is generally considered to be morally good. Albert Einstein once said, ‘Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.’ Such a process is lengthy and arduous, which teaches the pursuer patience and humility. When one finally uncovers a connection or insight that he or she believes to be universally applicable ‘truth,’ it often inspires awe akin to a spiritual experience.
The wise can still fall prey to indiscretions and questionable moral behavior–being flesh and blood like us all–however, if one tracks such statistics, the odds of such failings are likely to be very small compared to the general populace.
Society esteems the wise for their virtuosity and for their rarity.
If one understands this difference, he or she will also appreciate why it is vital to properly distinguish between the two.
With the Internet, it is now relatively easy for a reasonably diligent person to quickly become knowledgeable in virtually any field of his or her choosing. But having a hammer and knowing how to use it are two entirely different propositions. Whether it is used for good or ill depends entirely on the wielder.