Gain wisdom because it is vitally important. “[T]hrough wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” (Proverbs 6:9). It is “literally, a matter of life and death” (Durant, p. x). But what is wisdom? Merriam Webster describes wisdom as the “ability to discern inner qualities and relationships” (source). Dictionary (dot) com provides a more complete definition, calling wisdom “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or rightcoupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight” (source).
Gain Wisdom in History
Philosophy is a transliteration carried over from Greek, meaning, “lover of wisdom.” But we use it today to speak of a body of wisdom. Usually we use philosophy to speak of the ideas of a lover of wisdom. So when Will Durant writes The Story of Philosophy: The lives and opinions of the world’s greatest philosophers from Plato to John Dewey (Amazon; .ca; .co.uk), he is writing on, “literally, a matter of life and death” (p x).