Acquisition of Wisdom
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“The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”

– H. L. Mencken, American journalist and literary critic


“I haven’t learned everything the hard way,” I admitted, “just most things.”

“Not me,” replied Beth. “I’ve had to learn everything through trial and error.”

Beth and I had been talking about wisdom and how some people have the ability to watch others and learn powerful life lessons without the stress of actually “living” the experience. Like most people, I’ve made mistakes, endured consequences and learned lessons. On rare occasions, I’ve been able to glean valuable lessons and gain wisdom by observing others. Beth said that despite her best ef...

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