Knowledge and Wisdom

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It's interesting to compare and contrast Knowledge and Wisdom as goals of human endeavor. They can form a pair of axes that help us define our beliefs and the types of progress we prefer to focus on. Here is a rough comparison chart:

Knowledge Wisdom
Fundamental questions: What is true/real/possible? What is right/good/important?
Institutions/fields of endeavor: “Hard” Sciences, Engineering, Economics Religions, Ethics, Psychology/ Sociology
Focus on: Things (and beings), Matter/Energy, separation and difference People (and other beings), Mind/Spirit, connection and unity
Core values: Liberty and (limited) Authority Community and (limited) Liberty
Type of progress: Material, i.e. Technological and Economic Moral, i.e. Social and Ecological
Rates of change: Exponential growth, sudden crashes Slow progress, occasional revolutions
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