Lessons From the World
The novel Siddhartha revolves around the main character, Siddhartha, and his quest for enlightenment but the underlying plot illustrates the process of how Siddhartha becomes wise. Wisdom, loosely defined, is the ability to apply knowledge, perception, and experience to any situation in order to make the best possible decision. When Siddhartha’s journey concludes, he claims he discovered one essential truth. Siddhartha explains that knowledge can be taught and communicated between people, but wisdom must be absorbed from individual experience. Teaching by example is an ineffective method because exemplifying behavior, occurrences, and mistakes may teach someone how to treat a specific circumstance, but it cannot give someone the general understanding of divine decision-making or properly portray the unspoken truths of the world.
Wisdom is one of the most valuable and sought after characteristics in a human being and arguably the most difficult to obtain. Many general qualities of life contribute to the formation of wisdom but three distinct factors rise above all others. Knowledge, maturity, and experience are the strongest dynamics in terms of the creations and progression of wisdom. Knowledge builds intelligence and shapes a better understanding of the world and the people in it. Maturity is crucial to the development of objective thinking and the clarity of overall perspective because biasness blinds proper judgment. Although knowledge and maturity are indispensible steps to the achievement of wisdom, experience is absolutely vital. Experience is what shapes not only wisdom but also the individual as a whole. It teaches what someone should or should not do. The more someone experiences, the closer he/she will be gaining a general understanding (aka wisdom) how to make the best decision in any given circumstance. In the novel, Siddhartha encounters numerous obstacles, personalities, and tumultuous situations during his journey to...
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