Why Society Must Use Practical Wisdom to Progress

“Virtue makes the goal right, practical wisdom the things leading to it”

~ Aristotle

Is wisdom really the key for our world to progress? Maybe. Although I have created this blog encouraging everyone to embrace this seemingly rare thing, I have to remain realistic to the fact that it cannot be easily taught. One must discover wisdom for themselves and put it to good use whenever they come across any obstacles that threatens their own awareness and progress in life.

Maybe if one had common sense to begin with, it would help one to become wise. But unfortunately, as is most obviously the case, “common sense is the most uncommon thing in this world.”

In the following video, Barry Schwartz sheds some light on the problem of permeating a society with “practical wisdom”.  Schwartz offers solutions on the teaching of wisdom and for institutions to revolutionise themselves towards embracing “practical wisdom” instead of “impractical bureaucracy”.  This will more than likely sound somewhat Utopian to most people in the cold light of day.

‘Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.’

~ ‘Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom’ appearing on TED Talks

Please watch the following insightful talk by Barry Schwartz:

As I’ve kept on saying incessantly since starting this blog, I think that the only way for progress and a change for the better to happen globally, is if we all, through self-knowledge, develop wisdom within first – which unwittingly sounds more Utopian than Schwartz’s suggestions.

I do love a challenge…any suggestions on this “imparting wisdom” conundrum?


  1. I agree 100%. Wisdom is not a set of ideas, but a form of behavior. If you can’t be it or live it, it’s not wisdom.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    We just need another 6.3 billion more people to agree with us, NP – until then, I think we’re stuffed!