I have been pondering the concept of idealistic versus realistic thoughts and its relationship to wisdom here. As always, I find Quotes and Sayings to be a great guide in deciphering the details and deciding on which side of the ledger I currently sit.
I think Confucius has some intriguing words for us.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”~ Confucius
Quite rightly, without reflection we cannot find a deeper meaning and sense in our world.
Experience becomes the teacher, when the ears will not listen.
In philosophy, when discussing the issues of perception, idealism is a theory that states that our reality is shaped by our thoughts and ideas.
In a sociological sense, idealism emphasizes how human ideas—especially beliefs and values—shape society.Your dictionary
- Idealism Believes in the Universal Mind
- Idealism Regards Man as a Spiritual Being
- The World of Ideas and Values is more important than the world of Matter: …
- Real knowledge is perceived in mind
- Importance of Personality Development
“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”~ Ann Frank
Anne Frank and her family kept true to her ideals, even though they cost them their life.
“Study the past if you would define the future.”~ Confucius
Mostly anonymous, proverbs and sayings are a portal through time to generations past and echo a diverse range of cultures. They speak of the experiences of many lessons learned and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived.
What do you think of the sayings this week?
Do you think wisdom is gained more from mental thoughts and ideas, or pragmatic actions?
I inivte you to join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.
Everyone’s opinion is welcome at StPA.