It’s about wisdom Does Winston Churchill qualify as a good example of a man of wisdom? Definitely! In the spring of 08 I want to begin the quest for wisdom. How do I ‘get ready’ for becoming wise? Starting with the definition of wisdom as “seeing life whole” seems to be as good a place to begin as I can think of. How do I get ready to see life whole? It seems to me that to see life whole I must learn a great deal more than I already have learned but I must start with where I presently am. I am convinced that learning new stuff requires three aspects (a position facing a particular direction) of mind; mentally I must have curiosity, caring, and an orderly mind. Does Winston Churchill qualify as a good example of a man of wisdom? Definitely! I think that there are at least three forms of intellection: textual intellection is what we do when we reason in text form, artistic intellection is reasoning in artistic form, and practical intellection is what we do in our day-to-day living. I think that one must acquire a significant degree of understanding in each of these three forms of intellection to qualify for the distinction of “seeing life whole”. Winston was an accomplished painter, he was a historian with many books to his credit and he was accomplished broadly in practical intellection as he demonstrated in his political career. I claim that curiosity and caring are necessary conditions for understanding. Understanding is a far step beyond knowing. I will not examine a matter for the purpose of understanding it unless I am curious about it. I must care enough about the matter to do the intellectual work necessary to understand. Understanding is a step beyond knowing and is seldom required or measured by schooling. Understanding is generally of disinterested knowledge, i.e. disinterested knowledge is an intrinsic (due to the nature of the self) value. Disinterested knowledge is not a means but an end. It is knowledge I seek because I desire to know it. I mean the term ‘disinterested knowledge’ as similar to ‘pure research’, as compared to ‘applied research’. Pure research seeks to know truth unconnected to any specific application. Understanding is often difficult and time consuming and the justification is not extrinsic (outside cause) but intrinsic. Questions for consideration: Is caring necessary for understanding? I think so. Is curiosity necessary for knowing? I think so. Is curiosity necessary for understanding? I think so. Is a knowledge of history required to ‘see life whole’? Absolutely!! Is difficulty our duty? I think so.