"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for the future"
George Bernard Shaw

"Science is organized knowledge, wisdom is organized life"
Imanuel Kant

Wisdom is an important and much needed value in our society today. Wisdom is balance(#),
understanding(#), and truth(#). Wisdom is brought about partly by discipline(#), which brings
rewards of health(#), strength(#), and over all well-being(#). Wisdom is a value that is not
only important at the personal level but also to our society as a whole and our environment, and
if we become more educated, the less room we leave in our lives for ignorance. Yet with wisdom, generally comes old age. Age is the defining factor that allows a person to become humbled in their years. Give somone too much wisdom at a young age, and you allow yourself to become overconfident enough to make room for egoism. Egoism is not a value that most people aspire to. As a person who becomes more sound in their judgment, will gain a certain amount of respect from those in thier microworld. However, showing that wisdom can lead to egoism, where is the aspiration to grow, or to become educated? Wisdom is something that should be naturally progressed throughout your life. Age and wisdom go hand in hand. * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Without wisdom, we become individuals and a society without balance. We become
a "what about me" society with little regard for the consequences of our actions on our
fellow man, our society, and our environment.

Obesity is a huge problem in the United States today. According to the United States
Surgeon General, 61% of the adults in the United States and 27% of adolescents are
overweight. Diseases associated with obesity are heart disease, certain cancers, type 2
diabetes, strokes, and depression. It is estimate the 300,000 deaths each year in the
United States are due to obesity and cost our country about $ll7 billion each year.
Obesity is a good example of how individuals are out of balance and do not use wisdom to
take care of themselves.

We also need to have wisdom in regard to our fellow man. The world famous Pike Place
Fish Market in Seattle has a fish philosophy of making everyday fun, serve their customers,
solve problems, and deal with whatever life brings them in an uplifting way. Wouldn't it
be a wonderful to live in a world where the "Golden Rule" is actually followed?

The future of the earth depends on the wisdom humans show today. If we unbalance
nature, present and future generations will suffer. Global warming, worsening air pollution,
and destruction of ecosystmes creats major environmental problems and challenges. While
the problems seem overwhelming, there are things each of us can and should do to
"make a differnce", such as, turn lights off, use less water, drive slowere, and recycle.

**Educate, educate, educate until it becomes deep seeded in us and takes on the form
of wisdom. We could offer obesity programs in schools and in senior citizen centers. Remove
pop and candy machines from cafeterias, get insurance companies to do more preventive
coverage-pay for a treadmill or a YMCA membership. Paint more intersections to bring
communities together. Finally, forums teaching people they can conserve energy and each
one doing their part will make a difference. *


Every value we hold precious is enhanced by wisdom, from relating to animals(#) to wit(#).
Education that turns into wisdom takes hard work(#) and discipline(#). Community spirit(#)
and commitment(#) will give each of us the edge needed to move forward little by little,
wiser and wiser making better decisions for ourselves, our community, and our environment.

Works cited

Stanford Medicine Magazine-Stanford University of Medicine. Retrieved November27,2007.
Staff Senate-Montana State University-Billings-Fish Philosophy.Retrieved November 27,207.

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