Memorizing Does Not Wisdom Make

Aphorism from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Just as eating cow meat doesn’t turn you into a cow, studying philosophy does not make you wiser.”

Seth Godin points out that memorizing A and then memorizing B does not make you smarter. Saying B is similar to A begins to add knowledge. Metaphor (or simile) trumps memorization.

We can read and memorize as many passages of scriptures as our brains can hold. That will not bring us closer to simply following Jesus. He said in many guises, Love one another as I have loved you.

Reflecting on what we’ve read, digesting in the attitude of loving others, acting on what we know–now we are approaching wisdom.

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