The Root of Wisdom & How it Helps Battling Depression

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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, philosophyWisdom is commonly used to describe the character of that which is reasonable, or to exercise moderation in desires.”


“… To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.”

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Wisdomsapience, 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.

“The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life.”


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?

Don't give up. Great things take time.
From Inspirational Universe in

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.

Best Top #1 Advice To Depressed And Broken Hearts

If you recently have broken up, have been single for some time now, could not find a partner to enjoy life with and among this, you suffer from depression. Then you should keep reading because this message is for you!

Some time ago I’ve found the book of Jordan Peterson and the message he spread to people, teenagers and young adults in general. And I’ve found the message he gives to people is quite interesting and works nicely on all kind of situations in life.

In his book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” (which I’ll just mention for now) he encourage us to be responsible for our own condition in all situations.

The 12 rules are the following;

  1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back
  2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
  3. Make friends with people who want the best for you
  4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
  5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
  6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
  7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
  8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
  9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
  10. Be precise in your speech
  11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
  12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

From here, having all this information and putting it into practice in our lives we can experience a huge transformation on how we see the world. Knowing nonetheless, that is very difficult to do this while being depressed and anxious in life, that’s why you need to do an extra effort and doing this have much more value in your life!

But what all of this has to do with my love situation?

Fair question, bare with me, because I’m about to give you the best advice someone can give you when you have a broken-depressed heart.

#1 Advice To Broken Hearts

#1 Advice To Depressed And Broken Hearts

The thing is that when you have your heart broken you’re giving your power away to that person who broke it, and this is normal because during this process you feel betrayed and that nobody is worthy of your trust, attention, and love.

But in a way, by keeping this mindset, you too are making yourself unworthy of trust, attention, and love.

The best advice to solve this is to keep on bettering yourself in all areas of your life. It sounds simple, and it really is simpler than you think. What makes it difficult is the grief of losing that one person, the anger of being betrayed by him or her and the blame we do on that person.

I don’t want to sound too hard with you guys, but someone needs to tell you this, you need to take more responsibility for your well-being and not expecting to find happiness on someone else being in our lives because this implies that we cannot find happiness by being alone.

Another reason why I think focusing on being better than your former self is the best advice, is because inside a relationship you must be able to give love (not just take love and discharge all your problems on the relationship) and to be able to do it in the best way, you must be in your optimal condition, meaning that at least you can manage your depression on your own.


The best way to recover faster from depression and break-ups is to focus more on what you can do to better yourself. Doing this will lead you to gain back your power to manage your emotions and deal with this situation better.

I believe this is the best advice anyone can give you during a hard time like a breakup. And with enough time you’ll build for yourself the resilience, self-confidence, and character to overcome all the bad things life will throw you.