MORE IDEAS FROM THE BOOK
"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake".
"I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don't believe in just sitting down and trying to dream it all up yourself. Nobody's that smart."
“It is our brain, its anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and how these parts function that set the limits for how we think. But since our brain’s parts also interact with our body’s anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, we must see brain and body together. They are part of the same system – us.”
This translate into:
... but we can prevent those that can really hurt us. If we understand what influences us, we might avoid certain traps and understand why others act like they do.
And if we learn and understand what works and doesn’t work and find some framework for reasoning, we will make better judgments.
“There is always some background within which behavior makes sense. Behavior can’t be seen as rational or irrational independent of context. We are created with a series of emotions that are appropriate depending on circumstances. If we change context or environment, we change behavior.“
Meaningful goals need to be backed by reasons as a way of testing that we set the right goal.
“Words, definitions, propositions, statements, or goals don’t tell us anything. We need to understand what they mean. It is the same with knowledge. Knowledge is only valuable if it’s useful and something is only useful if we understand what it means.“
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.
We all have heard the cliche that ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’ but not many of us are really fond of waiting.
Waiting is an institution by itself, imbibed in our very society and culture. The Doctor’s office, for instance, has a ‘Waiting Room’, and we can’t do much in it, besides waiting.
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