Doing a quick search on Google I found the following definition for wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships.
Before moving on in giving my own point of view about wisdom and how it helps to battle depression, I want to cite several interesting angles for understanding what is wisdom.
“From the Latin Sapientia, it relates to intelligence, in the opinion, common sense, prudence, knowledge, science, philosophy. Wisdom is commonly used to describe the character of that which is reasonable, or to exercise moderation in desires.”In www.the-philosophy.com
“… To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.”Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.Wikipedia.org
“The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.”Ecclesiasticus-1:20
When we see someone doing or talking about something, we intrinsically can tell if that person knows, has at least an idea, or completely lacks keenness of mind in the matter. We already have a general understanding of what wisdom is.
Reading the quotes and definitions above, however, will make you have a better grasp of what I’m about to tell you.
Our way to learn things and understand them better is by relating them with something we already are familiar with. The new connection with the “dot” we know, would be the interpretation of the new “dot” we are trying to learn. (That’s how we have learned to speak our native language BTW).
Knowing this, we could try to connect those little dots and find out a deeper insight about wisdom.
Several keywords come to mind when we talk about it, for instance; Logic, precaution, a clear mind, good judgment, acumen, fear of God, awareness, and even empathy.
To measure good judgment, to be aware of something, and develop a clear mind, we need to compare it against something and that would be an objective reality (the truth). Without this correlation, measuring wisdom would not be realistic and become pointless.
At this time, I’m comfortable defining wisdom as; the ability to perceive something for what it really is in an emotional, physical, and practical spectrum.
The root of all wisdom would be something like – with that definition in mind – the skill to perceive and connect seemingly unrelated and veridical dots that give us a new interpretation of reality with the possibilities that could match the objective reality.
Why Is Important to Seek Wisdom?
We have defined wisdom by contrasting what we know and believe to be real with the objective reality that surrounds us. Remember, what we think is real could be just a manifestation of the lenses we have and hence, could be too inaccurate – even totally opposed – with what is real.
The way of the wise one would be learning to identify the difference between its subject reality against the objective reality. How the dots can be connected to what is real and then acting of that truth.
If someone is able to change its perspective about something despite how he sees it, that would be called a wise man. The importance of having wisdom is because it gives us a wide perspective on things that causes us to open up our minds so we can find and accept the true meaning of something based on facts.
How Being Wise Helps Battling Depression?
I would like to clarify that I’m not referring that the mere fact of being knowledgeable about depression will make you able to cure it as a snap with a finger.
Accurate and truthful knowledge is great to have under the bell but is only part of the equation.
Depression tries to blur our judgment by giving us a lense of bitterness, discouragement, misery, grief, and sadness by making us feel that things are worthless despite having the knowledge of what’s right and beneficial to us.
One of the strong reasons for dealing with depression it’s so hard is because it attacks the way we see things (our ability to connect the dots accurately) and the motivation to act on doing something.
It’s quite a problem to live with depression and any little improvement is kindly appreciated. The problem is that everybody experience depression in it’s own unique way.
This is why the best person who should know what is best for yourself is yourself. Things get harder however when our minds have roamed for too long in the shadow realm.
For too many reasons we should seek wisdom and for somebody suffering from any form of depression, it’s paramount to become wiser because even though if he/she cannot see exactly how things would work out, being wise will let you see what needs to be done to get the tools, support, and resources for starting to see and reach that light at the end of the tunnel.
Despite how hard is to fight depression whether you are free from it or you are grinding to the teeth against it, the way to solve all kind of problems is working on becoming wiser every day.
There is a quote that resume this insight very well…
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”Albert Einstein.