Wisdom in DIKW

Wisdom_QuestionsA scene in the movie The Recruit, where Al Pacino is recruiting for CIA and strikes up a conversation with Colin Farell for bringing him on-board. During the conversation, in one quote, Al Pacino says about CIA, “The world knows only our failures, not our successes“.

Wisdom can be seen as the guiding path in everybody’s life and an important influencer of decision making in all quarters of life. The movie dialog reverberates with wisdom because this guiding path has always been working in the background even on mundane activities without taking credit.

Wisdom enables us to look beyond the obvious and focus on the complete picture and never accept anything in face value. This skill as acquired over a long period of time by reasoning and questioning, anything and everything. For example, wisdom helps one to differentiate between good vs legal vs ethical of an action. It clearly identifies wheat from chaff and whenever you realize a “gut feel” about an action, it is the wisdom talking from hindsight and this beacon helps us to stand on the right side of a decision.

In the journey from data, Wisdom is a phase where actions play major role. When simply looked at, Knowledge phase provides the ammunition for Wisdom to act upon. This is one trait of Wisdom, where it is conditioned based on Knowledge and sets a dependency and emphasis on Knowledge phase.

One clear differentiation between the two phases can be inferred by being aware of different activities that take place in knowledge versus wisdom area(s). Knowledge is gained while being conscious because the brain is active and fired up doing analysis or interpretation of information presented. Wisdom always acts at sub-conscious level and sometimes we are in situations where we know answers before questions are asked or have a light-bulb moment while reading newspaper. These are some examples of your Wisdom working in the background.

Knowledge can be gained, but Wisdom has to be realized