Living Wisdom Is More Important Than Knowing About It

October 16, 2008 4:22pm CST
If someone tries to impress you, claiming to understand the writing and ideas of a great thinker such as Chrysippus, think to yourself, the important thing is not to be able merely to speak fluently about abstruse subjects. What is essential is to understand nature and align your intensions and actions with the way things are. The person who truly understands Chrysippus's writtings or the precepts of any great mind is the person who actually applies the philosopher's teachings. There is a big difference between saying valuable things and doing valuable things. Don't give too much weight to erudition alone Look to the example of people whose actions are consistent with their professed principles. Please share ur opinions and coments on this discussion Thank You
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Oh I agree with you, this is where I think school fail, they teach facts and figures and they are learnt parrot fashion and if you can remember it all you get good marks that does not mean they really understand any of it...
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I agree with you! Anybody can memorize words and teachings from great thinkers! It means nothing if you are not able to live as you teach! I think that we could ALL stand to remember that! Thank you for reminding us of what is important! :)