The word ‘Philosophy’ comes from the Latin and Greek words, ‘Philo’ and ‘Sophia’. ‘Philo’ means ‘love’ and ‘sophia’ means ‘wisdom’.
Hence, in a time where uncertainty, division, fake news, etc., prevail, we must all become lovers of wisdom.
But then, what is wisdom?
Obviously, wisdom is infinitely more than knowledge.
Ever since the internet, knowledge became commonplace and, thus, it lost its power. Nowadays, power is the ability to use the over-abundant knowledge and turn it into added value. That’s part of wisdom!
Wisdom, in a nutshell, is the ability to reconcile common sense and scientific knowledge, in other words, to fully deploy critical-thinking, which is comprised of many fundamental traits.
Hence, no human or machine is or will ever be wise enough, but we are getting closer every day.
Given the increasing relevant uncertainties and systems discontinuities of our times, it is only through Philosophy, the love of wisdom, the love to learn on a continuous basis, that further progress of the human race may be achieved.
In a globalized world, where an educated society is still the exception rather than the norm, there is fertile ground for human suffering through criminal regimes such as Venezuela’s and Syria’s, criminal laws disguised as “financial deregulation,” the right to kill disguised as “second amendment,” or “abortion rights,” etc., etc., etc.
Only when philosophers become a critical mass of the world’s population, we will be able to see light at the end of the tunnel of human suffering and despair, and we will build the world we have always dreamed of.
A Toast To All Philosophers In This World!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and stocks trader, keynote speaker, published author, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.