Christina Kerns

English 92 / 11:30 – 12:20
Final Draft / Due 11-12-06
Knowledge and Wisdom
The revised definition for knowledge and wisdom are stated; knowledge, the
fact or condition of being aware of something and Wisdom, accumulated
learning. Knowledge and Wisdom only have two things in common, both require
a brain and are very hard to obtain. Although knowledge and wisdom seem
alike, and are often used interchangeably, they are really very different.

When a knowledgeable person enters a room, she tries not to make
herself too noticed, although she does want everyone to acknowledge that
she is there. A knowledgeable person knows things like times and dates, and
just what should happen at this time and who should be where at that time.

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A knowledgeable student dresses to suit the ‘norm’ of her surroundings and
makes an attempt to fit in as best as possible by dressing in a fashion
that is accepted by everyone. A wise person dresses in a fashion that suits
them, as long as they are comfortable, not worrying what everyone else
thinks or believes to be the “norm.” Upon entering a room, a wise person
casually greets their friends, engages in a little conversation and then
continues on with their business, knowing that it is important to let
people know that you enjoy talking with them. A wise person knows things
such as the importance of dates and times and why things should happen.

When entering a classroom, a knowledgeable student always goes
directly to her seat and promptly takes out the previous night’s lessons so
that she might review it once more before the start of class. A
knowledgeable student knows things such as the multiplication tables all
the way up to twenty, how to diagram every sentence that she hears, and the
Chinese alphabet. A wise student enters a room and jokes with her
classmates before settling in their desk to take out her books, knowing
that the time you share with your friends is just as important as the time
you use completing your lessons. A wise student comes to class knowing how
to use the multiplication tables in daily life, and why it is so important
to know how to diagram sentences, and how to use the Chinese alphabet.

Knowledgeable people spend most of their time planning out exactly
when something should happen and just how long it has to take. And after
they have completed the task of planning they spend the rest of their time
accomplishing the tasks on their list; the only thought in their minds is
that everything at one time or another has to be completed. Nevertheless
wise people are aware of the fact that you can only plan so much and the
rest should be done when time allows. They know that it is impossible to
plan every moment that one is awake, and that this is an ineffective way to
live one’s life, if everything is done in a hurry, the tasks at hand will
be complete, but the work done will never be completely satisfying. Not
everything can be done in the time allotted; you must use your time for
business as well as pleasure.

In summary, knowledgeable people and wise people may have the same
amount of intelligence and may be equally smart, but there is still a huge
difference between the two. Knowledgeable people know more often when and
where, but wise people know more of the reasons, how something happened and
why it is significant. For example, in the case of a personal tragedy, a
knowledgeable person would know what was supposed to be said and when, but
a wise person would know what needed to be said and how, already knowing
the why.

The telling difference between wisdom and knowledge is what happens
within the brain. Knowledge is only information that I retained and
recalled from one’s mind. In comparison, wisdom is the ability of one’s
mind to apply knowledge to life’s experiences and derive the best decisions
for perceived circumstances and environments.