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Knowledge Versus Wisdom

By February 11, 2013

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One of the key ways that Archangel Raziel expresses wisdom on the Tree of Life in Kabbalah is by helping people turn their knowledge into wisdom.

Sometimes people use the words "knowledge" and "wisdom" interchangeably, but they're really quite different. Gaining knowledge involves simply gathering information, while gaining wisdom requires people to apply what they know to their lives in beneficial ways. It's easy to memorize a bunch of facts, but it's far more challenging to figure out how to act on that information.

The key to figuring that out? I believe it's love.

I say this humbly, but I think I'm a smart person, and I've met a lot of other smart people so far in my life. More people than I can count over the years have impressed me with their extensive knowledge about something, and many of them were people I've interviewed as a journalist about their field of expertise in a particular topic. But, too often, very knowledgeable people are so preoccupied with how much they can know that they forget to focus on something even more important: how much they can love.

What impresses me far more than meeting a knowledgeable person is meeting a wise person. It doesn't take me very long to spot the difference. Wise people know something that others, for all their knowledge, simply don't: Knowledge isn't meant to just fill up people's minds; it's meant to change their souls. When people turn their knowledge into wisdom, they use it to learn how to become better people -- people who love God and others more deeply because of what they've learned.

I enjoy knowing as much as I can, but if I could only know one thing, it would be how to love.

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February 17, 2013 at 5:50 am
(1) Roseangel says:

I agree with you 100% …when we get to a point of thinking we know everything or are arrogant to the point that we can no longer hear whats being said and literally close our minds thinking we know all we need to …It’s then we begin to regress in the knowledge we learned up to that point and become a fool…..~FOCUS & ALWAYS REMAIN TEACHABLE~

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