Wisdom is: Useful knowledge achieved through experience that can be applied to current situations for healthy progressive decisions.
The best wisdom is the first hand knowledge you accumulate through your own experiences. Trusting this wisdom comes through disciplined practice and courage.
As we use this wisdom, we build confidence in ourselves.
We live in a world that is more complex and we rely more on second hand knowledge. We take short cuts by trusting other authorities. This can be a good practice if we know the other sources of information to be authentic or reliable. A friend, a teacher, a colleague. These are common sources for second hand knowledge which we can test out in safe environments. Once we conduct our test, we can then claim this as our own, first hand knowledge. Wisdom deepens.
Is artificial intelligence (AI), a good substitute for our own wisdom?
What about online robots? Software programs (artificial intelligence) that observe our past behaviours, provide attractive options for consumption. For example: If I order pepperoni pizza through an online restaurant, I will be bombarded with coupons and deals for future consumption. This is great if I really want more pizza.
But what if I would like to change my consumption pattern? Does the robot know to stop enticing me with pizza bargains? Can the robot know that I would like to try other healthy options?
If we build trust in these robots, we will assume their offerings have our best interests in mind. This can lead us in directions that are not in alignment with our health. Today, with advancements in technology, we have robots programming our cultural agenda. What is fake news and what is real? How important is it to know a Kardashian fashion trend? Is a 2 for 1 pizza deal my best option on a busy Monday night?
Eventually we come to distrust these robots and other marketing tools. Distrust is undermining which leads to a feeling of uncertainty, insecurity and fear. Unreliable second hand sources of information reduce our health and well-being.
Build your own wisdom. Trust your self. Keep it simple!
To re-establish a foundation of confidence, spend more time in mindful practice. Do simple tasks. Meditation is one of the easiest and safest ways to build wisdom. Apply a mindful approach to your daily simple tasks re-learn to trust yourself and your own counsel. Feel grounded and safe.