The First Step to Wisdom

It may sound paradoxical, but if one is to be truly wise and genuinely intelligent, then one of the first and most important things that a man must do is realize how utterly stupid he is, for every man is greatly stupid in a great many things, and distinguishing where one is truly knowledgeable and genuinely smart in comparison to where he is a fool is the first step to wisdom, and so if one is to be wise one must be ruthlessly honest with oneself about where one is not wise, and from there, true wisdom will begin to grow; and doing this is especially hard for the fallen human species, for pride and folly and ego makes self-honesty one of man’s most laborious tasks, and yet without looking at our own souls with ruthless truth, we will never be wise, which is precisely why so few men truly are.


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