Practical wisdom is the answer to the question: How best shall one live?
The Value Fulfillment Theory states that wisdom is the skill sets, dispositions, and policies that help us understand and make use of the means and ends to live. This includes the capacity to see and refine one’s values, along with the traits of self-awareness, open-mindedness, humility, and perspective.
The Value Fulfillment theory assumes that most people have different values, but are the same at a universal level. Human nature can be simplified by taking the most common values and perspectives on what a good life should be.
Individuals struggle, and through their personal journey of pain, suffering, misery, and other colors of life, experience real growth and are in the right mindset to grapple with the essential question of life. Without the journey, the questions are mere theory, and would not be actively confronted by most people.
“We don’t want suffering, but [unwittingly] cherish and chase after its causes.”
The Value Fulfillment Theory provides us with a sensible way to understand how ours and others lives could be better. How our choices influence our value fulfilment and helps us reflect on the question: What truly matters to us?
Our values have in-built motivation inside, along with unique perspectives. By focusing on our ultimate or core values, we go beyond unwanted polarizations and orient ourselves towards what is fundamentally important.
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