Today’s Synonym Series topic discusses wisdom synonyms. In this series, we delve deep into the philosophical meaning of words that are important to our cause. If you’re unfamiliar, The Happiness of Knowledge strives to improve people’s lives by providing them with moral short stories while at the same time allocates part of its profits to charity.
Let’s shed some light on the word “wisdom.” What is wisdom? And what wisdom synonyms can we use to make its meaning more comprehensive?
Isn’t wisdom the path that leads to making connections among seemingly unrelated notions, ideas, and goals? It’s the ability to see the bigger picture.
In that regard, “thinking outside of the box” is a wisdom synonym. Nowadays, everybody encourages creative thinking, but no one tells us what that means. Others may talk about the ability to get outside of old thought patterns and universally accepted concepts to see the connection that spreads between some vague ideas. Seeing those ideas from the right angle turns them into something majestic.
According to the standard way of thinking, the “box” – also known as our perception of the world – gives us boundaries. And, yes, limits can be healthy; limits draw a secure path towards a goal, create a backup plan, and make sure you aren’t going to lose everything. But boundaries also do precisely what their name suggests – bind us to a specific point of view, to a narrower understanding of how the world works.
Thus, we need to shape or break those boundaries to get to a deeper and more profound understanding that goes far beyond what we have been told as children. Children need specific limitations, although not to their creative thinking. It is useful for them to learn basic knowledge within those boundaries. And yet, there’s a point in time when we need to challenge those limitations and strive for a more meaningful explanation of ourselves, our world, and our way of life.
Knowledge gives you the pieces of a puzzle that are necessary to paint the picture. Wisdom offers you the ability to connect those pieces and form a complete understanding of what you are seeing.
In that regard, the word seeing – in other words, the vision to see the more profound aspects of life, is also a wisdom synonym. Taking in the depth of something, in its every aspect – in all its beauty and ugliness, in its positives and negatives – that constitutes a full view of the things you are looking at and, perhaps, seeing.
For seeing has a more profound meaning than simply looking at something and acknowledging it. Seeing something for what it really is can make you happy since happiness requires at least some understanding. Now, here comes wisdom again. It notices the details, watches for the hidden things, reveals the secrets, and makes unnoticeable connections.
Wisdom is a great gift. Sometimes it also a curse, but I cannot think of a negative synonym of knowledge. Understanding is associated with greatness, with success. Of course, being wise does not necessarily guarantee success, but it is positively correlated with it. That is why we should develop our wisdom further.
That leads to another synonym of wisdom: development. For no person can be genuinely called wise should they not develop themselves.
Wise people move forward in life by exploring their own strengths, weaknesses, and inner desires, using them to get better as human beings. That’s development.
Staying put, staying who you have always been – rejecting growth – that is stagnation. Stagnation will leave you behind, unable to understand what is happening, what is wrong.
We are always changing, and if we don’t take the wheel of that change, it will guide us. Sometimes change takes us on the wrong path; every action makes us change. If we let our efforts go unsupervised, they can lead to making bad decisions, living under our potential, and being unhappy.
Sometimes people may think that with wisdom comes unhappiness. I doubt that. When you are wise, you will see the world’s misfortunes: the inequality, the misery, the torture that life has put on some poor souls. With wisdom, you will be able to find a way to control life and point it in one direction – the direction towards helping others.
So there you have it, several wisdom synonyms to ponder as you go about the rest of your day.
We want to put specific emphasis on helping others. That is what we are trying to achieve in our project, The Happiness of Knowledge. Our project gives people wisdom through short stories with morals, with every member receiving a new story each week. We also dedicate a part of the profits to charity. We are firm believers that helping others is the most extraordinary act – the thing that makes us human. If you wish to be part of our journey, we will be more than happy to have you on board!