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Intelligence vs Wisdom. Which do you think is most important and why?

Intelligence is efficient, Wisdom is effective. The formers' worth tends to be measured in the moment and the latter - through its impartial resilience - becomes a principle. This is my opinion just looking for other insights.

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  • Mar 21 2011: I think intelligence does not exist :-P
    Truly, what is intelligence?
    I want to show you the point with a joke:
    Two people, A and B, have a discussion:
    A: "I'm intelligent. I started walking when I was only one year old!"
    B: "That's not intelligent. I let my parents carry me until I was five!"

    So, both are intelligent or, none of them :-D

    What about wisdom then?
    Wisdom is why the joke above is working ;-)
    So I prefer wisdom, because it's fun :-D
  • Mar 18 2011: ??? That's like asking which is more important; food or water?

    Intelligence without wisdom is a VERY dangerous thing.
    Can one even exercise wisdom, unless one has the options intelligence provides?
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    Mar 21 2011: I would much rather be called wise than smart.
  • Mar 20 2011: Charles Dickens's stories often illustrated the victimization of the lower classes in Britain. His solution, or his implied response, was neither intelligence nor wisdom, but kindness. May the gods protect us from the intelligent and wise and shower us with kindness, compassion, empathy, courage, and love.
  • Mar 18 2011: Hello Vincine and Harald, I agree with you both; Wisdom is the appropriate use of intelligence.
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    Mar 18 2011: I would say wisdom is more important in the sense that I see intelligence as a) an ingredient for wisdom and b) intelligence, not properly applied is useless at the best. Also, intelligence is not universal. You can be intelligent in one field but not so intelligent in another.
    I think wisdom is based on intelligence and life experience and defines how we deal with life in general.
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    Mar 18 2011: Without imagination, each is diminished (Einstein)... But if I had to choose one or the other, I'd say intelligence.