Many acclaimed wise men and women failed the litmus or acidic test of wisdom. Close observation and critical analysis of our political, positional, public, private, organizational, corporate, religious, and scholastic leaders reveal a deficiency of wisdom. Because the test of wisdom is not in how vast you are in learning.
It is not in how much you know.
It is not in how much you can offer/deliver.
It is not in how intelligent you are.
It is not in how dull you seem to be
It is not in how clever, smart or slows you look.
It is not in how oratory you are in speech.
It is not in how eloquent you are in speech.
It is not in how accurate your judgment is.
In fact, it is not in “how always right, correct, precise and accurate your judgment are! ”
It is in how humble you are.
It is in how corrigible you are.
It is in how much you are ready to take correction when you are wrong.
I mean it is in how much you can swallow your pride when conversation or discourse does not go your way.
It is in how much you could manage your ego when you are right but the issue, matter, discourse or the point of discussion does not go your way.
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
Teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. NIV
You could be Praised for 24hrs and forget the Praise so soon, but always remember that little insult in the midst of the 24hrs. Somebody could praise and commend you for the next hour, but the only thing you will not forget is the area of disagreement. This is pride. You must learn to swallow your pride. Perhaps you need to know that;
You will not always have your way.
Your most honest advice, counsel, goodwill and opinion will face opposition, rejection, and hostility someday!
You will not always have things done in your own way even if/when you are Right!
You will not always win the argument all the times.
You will not always be right all the times.
Therefore, you must learn to always tolerate and celebrate others. Your most accurate counsel and advice will face rejection and opposition willfully or otherwise one day. Would you kill yourself for that? You must always learn to swallow your pride to give others the chance to reign or have their way also.
You must imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship. The test of true wisdom is not in how vast you are in learning but in how vast you are in translating knowledge into goods and tangible works for the benefits of all. A wise man can be rebuked and instructed – the Fool does not.