A look at superior human values and their relationship to wisdom
Wisdom, Death, and the Transcendental: Beauty, Nature, the Arts, and Love by Walter Moss. In our latter years—and who knows how many more any of us have on this good earth—thoughts of death and the meaning of life come more naturally to us. We instinctively believe, or at least want to believe, that there’s more to life than our humdrum existence. But what is that more?
Sonnets on Toward Wisdom by Alan Nordstrom. Including Virtues of the Wise. "... we may succeed and happily mend, If we take wisdom as our highest end."
Exploring the Potentiality of the Nigerian Mind: The Power of Self Awareness, Intention, and Reflectivity in a Disadvantaged Society with a Personal Note on the Value of The Wisdom Page by Stephen Mufutau Awoyemi. A personal and inspiring essay on the importance of wisdom, self-awareness, and self-responsibility for the people of Nigeria and their future written by one of our most faithful readers, a native of this African country.
Love: The Greatest Wisdom Virtue by Walter Moss. The author argues that love, though not sufficient to completely capture the essence of wisdom, is absolutely essential to wisdom and the most important of all virtues that make up the capacity for wisdom.
BEAUTY, TRUTH AND GOODNESS.
Here, Alan Nordstrom makes the case that "Human beings are constituted to appreciate
and assimilate three classic values: Beauty, Truth and Goodness.
Our dedication to pursuing those values leads us toward Wisdom and
expresses itself as Love."
science and values: A unifying view of mind and brain. This
journal article by Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist Roger Sperry
links human values to brain function, and makes the case that "More
than any other causal system with which science now concerns itself,
it is variables in human value systems that will determine the future."
Counselling as a Process of Fostering Wisdom in the Form of Virtues
is an article by Arto Tukiainen which asserts that "an adequate
understanding of the concept of wisdom enables philosophical counsellors
to identify their proper tasks" and that "philosophical
counselling is a process where the counsellee's powers of virtue
are examined and encouraged." (PDF format.)
Values is a short essay by Alan
Nordstrom in which he asks "What then are the wisest values
and principles by which all human beings ought to govern their lives?"
He answers with two principles.
Truth Contest. Truth is one of wisdom's core values, and
this fascinating website, created by a group of college students,
explores the matter in depth via submissions by many people. The
focus is on "life and death, the ultimate truth." All
accepted submissions are available for reading, and the five judged
"the most clear, complete and accurate explanation of the truth"
appear on the home page.
on President Obama's University of Michigan Commencement Speech
by historian Walter G. Moss is an article that examines certain
wisdom-associated values advocated by the President in this speech
and other communications with the public.
VALORENS is a short essay by Alan
Nordstrom which makes the case that "Value is our definitive
human quest. More aptly than Homo sapiens, we are Homo valorens'man
the valuemaker,' or 'man the evaluator'. . . ."
Role of Values in Wisdom by Copthorne
Macdonald. A discussion of values in the human decision-making process,
and the sort of values required for wise decisions.
Lists of Wise Values. This is a
compilation of several lists of values that their originators have considered
superior in some sense, and likely to be operational in the lives of wise
Merchey's "Values of the Wise". In his personal quest
to understand wisdom, Jason
Merchey has focused on the presence of certain "values of the
wise" in the lives of wise people.
COUNTS! is a value-based approach to character education from
the Josephson Institute
based on a set of six basic values or "pillars
of character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness,
caring, and citizenship.
The Virtues Project considers
the human virtues to be the highest aspiration for humanityand has
established a program to help children acquire them.