Knowledge and UncertaintyWisdom and Contemplation
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Novak, Boris A.
What is wisdom? How do we learn how to make wise choices?
Think of a difficult decision you had to make in your work. What was the situation? What was it difficult? How did you decide - what was your process? What were the consequences of the decision? Any regrets?
- How would you describe (in a couple of words) the tone of this piece?
- What sense, if any, do you have of the person talking? (if this was a job interview, what would you think you knew or what would you feel when talking to this person?)
- Is there any one of these choices that particularly stands out to you -- one that is striking or relevant or that you could identify with? Which one and why?
- Why one animal but two children? How do you know who or what needs you more?
- Why neither evil? Is this realistic? Do you find yourself choosing between evils?
- Why hope instead of despair? Why is hope harder to bear?
- Are these realistic? Liveable?
- Are there any consistent values behind these choices? Any patterns or principles?
- Are choices ever either/or? How does this match up with the way choices/alternatives/decisions are made in real life?
- Is this a good guide for living or decision-making? What's missing?
- What risks are involved in decision-making?
- On an advisory council such as this one, what is challenging about choices and decisions?
If you could give one piece of advice about making decisions, what would it be?
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