Wisdom seems to be composed of five elements:
- Willingness to resolve conflicts;
- Willingness to compromise;
- Recognition of the limits of personal knowledge;
- Awareness that a given problem may legitimately be seen from different perspectives;
- Understanding that things may get worse before they get better.
We ask our leaders to be decisive. Perhaps, instead, we should ask them to be wise.
We think of our forefathers as wise, while we don’t apply that characteristic to our current leaders. Is this due to the benefit of time to evaluate their decisions, romanticiizing about a bygone era or in fact true?
It is hard to judge the impact of decisions without the benefit of time, seeing the impact, and reflecting on options. I don’t think you’re being romantic. Today’s leaders seem to focus with too much negative energy.
Wisdom is knowing and understanding the nature of people and things.